Mayo Roscommon Hospice

  • Ireland West Airport staff this week presented a cheque for €33,000 to the airport's three staff nominated charities for 2018 – Down Syndrome Ireland, Mayo & Roscommon Hospice and The Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.. 

    Over the course of 2018 a number of events took place with Ireland West Airport employees getting involved to support the three charities.

    The most successful fundraiser in 2018 was the Portwest 5km Runway Run, which saw over 1,100 people take to the airports runway in glorious sunshine in late May whilst in August airport staff and charity volunteers took part in a ‘spinathon’ in the airport terminal to cycle the equivalent distance from the airport to Salou using stationery bicycles.

    The final fundraiser in November saw the airport host a charity bingo night attended by 500 people which was a huge success.


  • The plans for the new 8 bed hospice building, to be located beside Roscommon  University Hospital will be outlined this afternoon at a launch located at the new site, known locally as Hannon’s field.

    The new hospice is scheduled to be completed and open to patients and their families by early 2021.

    The project is the second hospice development by the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation that sees a new hospice building under construction in Castlebar and planning permission now to be submitted to build the new Roscommon based facility.

    The estimated combined cost of the developments is 15 million euro and the buildings are being funded by the generosity of the general public to the fund raising efforts of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation.

    Martina Jennings is the CEO of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice and she’s been giving more details to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley

  • The lighting of the Tree in the Pope Francis Plaza in Knock as part of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Shine a Light campaign will take place this evening at 6pm.

    The tree will be adorned with thousands of lights illuminating thoughts and memories of loved ones.

    Martina Jennings who is the CEO of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice says this evening’s event is very poignant.

  • Planning permission has been granted for a new Hospice Unit in Roscommon Town.

    Mayo Roscommon Hospice has confirmed that Roscommon County Council has approved planning for an 8-bedroom palliative care centre on a site located adjacent to Roscommon University Hospital.

    The approval comes just as work is nearing completion on the new 14-bed Hospice Unit in Castlebar where public tours have been taking place this week.

    The Roscommon Palliative Care Unit will include in-patient and daycare facilities, day services, social work and alternative therapies.

    It's hoped the €6 million project will go to tender before the end of this year.

  • It's hoped the new 9.2 million euro Hospice Unit in Castlebar will open to patients later this year, however, it depends on when funding becomes available from the HSE to staff the facility.

    Local politicians and council officials were given a tour of the 14 bed facility last Friday, and public tours of the new unit, which includes day care facilities, are continuing again this week, from Tuesday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.

    Anyone wishing to book a place on a tour can call the Hospice office in Knock at 094 - 93 888666.

    The new facility will be run under the auspices of the Galway Hospice . Mary Nash, CEO of the Galway Hospice, says they are lobbying local politicians and the HSE intensely at present to secure the budget to see the Castlebar unit opening as soon as possible. 

    Speaking to Midwest News Ms Nash described the new Castlebar facility as  "a credit to the people of Co Mayo" .

  • Mayo public representatives and council officials were given a tour today of the new Hospice Unit in Castlebar.

    The new 14-bed in-patient Hospice Unit cost over €9 million - and has been paid for through monies collected in fundraising efforts over the past two decades.

    Public tours of the facility have been taking place in recent weeks, and the tours of the unit will continue next week between Tuesday and Friday.

    Today, the Minister for Rural & Community Affairs Michael Ring, along with Mayo County Councillors and council officials visited the unit.