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Marymount unveils commemorative sculpture to mark its 150th year

Caraline O’Leary (left) with Dr. Marie Murphy, Marymount at the reception at the unveiling of the Marymount Hospital & Hospice commemorative sculpture to mark 2020 as its 150th year of service.

Marymount unveiled a commemorative sculpture to mark 2020 as its 150th year of service. Entitled ‘On Life’s Journey’ and sculpted by artist Helen Sinclair the piece has been erected at the entrance to the Marymount building and is a symbol of hope and light as it centres on an individual’s life cycle.

Speaking at the launch: Sarah McCloskey, Marymount CEO said:

“We are honoured to unveil this sculpture today to mark 2020 as our 150th year of service. It is an equally impressive and humbling moment to mark 150 years of providing much needed palliative and elderly care services to the people of Cork and beyond. We have a huge legacy from our founding Sisters of Charity and Dr Patrick Murphy who, alongside the people of Cork, funded our original building in Cork City, to the many individuals and companies of today’s Cork that continue to support Marymount in so many different ways.

“Marymount
has been an important part of so many people’s lives across many generations.
We are part of the history of Cork and part of its future too. A lot has
changed since our initial services opened – from medical practices to access to
health information to our physical building. However what remains is the ethos
and vision of Marymount – we continue to strive to provide exceptional care to
the dependant older person and for those with life limiting illness.  And
we continue to work with each person, each family with dignity compassion and
respect. These essential elements have remained a constant throughout our 150
years.

From left: Sr. Lucy O’Sullivan, Sr. Agnes Reynolds and Sr. Eilis Dockery, all of The Religious Sisters of Charity at the reception at the unveiling of the Marymount Hospital & Hospice commemorative sculpture to mark 2020 as its 150th year of service.

To make the
launch day extra special for patients in Marymount the River Lee Hotel group
held an afternoon tea for patients and staff. 2020 will also be a bumper year
for Marymount fundraising with many events and campaigns scheduled to support
the 150th year.

“We could not
do the work we do alone,” explains Dr McCloskey. “On behalf of Marymount, I am
so thankful to everyone who has supported us in any way and who continues to do
so. Fundraising is part of the lifeblood of Marymount – from donations of money
and services to get the original building opened in 1870 to the remarkable
26 million fundraised by the Friends of
Marymount to ensure this building in Curraheen opened in 2011.

“Each year we
need to raise
3.5 million to deliver our current
level of services and to enable us to continue to grow.  The numbers of
people accessing our services has doubled in the last decade and we will
continue to strive to reach more families and to develop our education/
research institute.

Each year the
people and community of Cork step up and help us to do this. We are so grateful
to you all and we hope to see you at some of our 150 years events this year.”

Various members of Marymount Board of Directors, from left: Dan Byrne; Joe O’Shea, Chairman of the Board; Cllr. John Sheehan, Lord Mayor of Cork; St. Angela Kelly (who performed the ribbon cutting ceremony); Cllr. Michael Looney, Deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork; Dr. Sarah McCloskey, CEO, Marymount; Paddy McGlade; Ann Mahony, Director of Nursing and Peter O’Sullivan. Pic: Brian Lougheed

To get
involved in 2020 you can do so by running an event to mark 150 years of our
service in Cork, or by sponsoring one of our planned projects/events. You can
contact our fundraising team at 021 4501201 or email
fundraising@marymount.ie.

A full schedule of Marymount events for its 150th Year is available here , you can also find the full schedule for an International Palliative Care Conference on 8 & 9th October on www.marymount.ie

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