Castleisland’s Hospice Ball on November 25th

The Castleisland Hospice Ball is returning on Saturday, November 25th.  Hospice branch Chairman, Jack Shanahan pictured with Noreen O'Callaghan (left) and Liz Galwey at the last Hospice Ball at The Crageens in 2015.  ©Photograph: John Reidy 25-9-2015

The Castleisland Hospice Ball is returning on Saturday, November 25th. Hospice branch Chairman, Jack Shanahan pictured with Noreen O’Callaghan (left) and Liz Galwey at the last Hospice Ball at The Crageens in 2015. ©Photograph: John Reidy 25-9-2015

Castleisland’s once annual Hospice Ball will make a grand return to the local scene at the River Island Hotel on the Saturday night of November 25th.

Tickets are going well but there are still some left and they can be got from any of the local branch members.

For several years the local fund-raising branch organised a Black & White Ball before economic woes enveloped the land and they gave it a break for a while.

By Popular Demand

“In 2015 a dinner dance was held in conjunction with the Con Houlihan Memorial Weekend and such was the success that, as the saying goes: ‘it’s back by popular demand.’ said branch spokesperson, Liz Galwey.

The 2017 dinner dance will be held in the River Island hotel, Flog the Dog will provide the after dinner entertainment.

The event is expected to be a sell out so it is advisable to contact a committee member to book your tickets in advance.

Main Fundraising Activities

The ball rejoins the Good Friday morning walk and the annual Sunflower Day as the local committee’s main fundraising activities.

This year’s Sunflower Day raised €3,003 in Castleisland – all of which went directly to the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

Congrats from Cork/Kerry Healthcare

At the end of September the Cork Kerry Community Healthcare sent its congratulations to the Kerry Hospice Foundation on the completion of construction of its15-bed Specialist Palliative In-Patient Unit in Tralee.

The building, on the grounds of University Hospital Kerry, cost in the region of €6 million and equipping costs of the facility has been fully funded by Kerry Hospice Foundation.

Head of Primary Care with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Teresa O’Donovan paid tribute to the work Kerry Hospice Foundation undertook in fundraising and also for the collaborative approach the charity took in working with the HSE/Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.

Tireless Fundraising

“We would like to thank Kerry Hospice Foundation led by Chairperson Ted Moynihan for their tireless fundraising,” said Ms. O’Donovan.

“This new addition to the Kerry Specialist Palliative Care Service will be of immense value to patients throughout Kerry and neighbouring counties. Until now, there have been no specialist in-patient beds in Kerry for palliative patients.

“We wish to acknowledge the fundraising efforts of Kerry Hospice Foundation and the generosity of the public which has led to the completion of this wonderful facility,” she said.

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