Hospice Fund Chairman Praises Oorla’s Legacy to Kerry as a Benefit to the Future

Jack Shanahan, chairman of fundraising for the Kerry Hospice Foundation, (centre) accepting a donation, of €30,360 raised in tribute to the memory of  the late Oorla Casey. Included are the late Oorla’s daughters from left:  Bláthnaid, Róisin and Saoirse Casey and their dad Con Casey.

Chairman of fundraising for the Kerry Hospice Foundation, Jack Shanahan accepted a remarkable donation of €30,360 from the family of the late Oorla Casey at a specially convened and simple presentation ceremony in Castleisland on Sunday.

Mr. Shanahan thanked the family for their decision to commemorate Oorla in an accomplishment that very much reflected the lady herself.

Oorla, native of Kilfenora and a Castleisland resident since 1995, had been a volunteer in the Castleisland branch of Kerry Hospice Foundation. As a group, we remember her fondly as an enthusiastic and determined individual,” he said.

Oorla’s Legacy of Benefit to Kerry

“While the Casey family’s loss is one that is felt far and wide, Oorla’s legacy will benefit the people of Kerry for the foreseeable future.

“The enormous sum raised is going to be put to great use. Kerry Hospice Foundation has commenced work on the third phase of our palliative care facilities.

“Following on from the Suaimhneas Centre day patient unit and the fifteen-bed inpatient unit, we are now embarking on another ambitious project.

Tribute to Kerry Meitheal

“This will include five extra inpatient beds, as well as a major upgrade of family facilities, along with associated works.

“As with the previous phases, the people of Kerry will fully fund this, through voluntary donations. It is an extraordinary tribute to the meitheal of Kerry, working for each other for the greater good,” Mr. Shanahan said.

Oorla’s family and friends raised the amazing sum through a GoFundMe page and a coffee morning at An Ríocht in February.  Oorla’s girls bravely painted a vivid picture of her life on the morning of her funeral on January 11th here in Castleisland. You can read what they said with a click on the link here: http://www.mainevalleypost.com/2024/02/03/family-and-friends-ensure-that-memories-of-the-kind-hearted-oorla-live-on/

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