Galway Hospice

  • Galway Hospice Foundation has today confirmed plans to build a new hospice facility.

    The hospice has seen significant increases in demand for services in recent years, and the current hospice site at Renmore is no longer capable of meeting future demands for palliative care services.

    The hospice currently operates an 18-bed facility at Renmore, in addition to providing Home-Care and Day-Care services to over 730 clients.

    A suitable site for a new state of the art 36-bed facility in close proximity to Merlin Park University Hospital has been identified. In the next few days, Galway Hospice Foundation will formally lodge an application for planning permission with Galway City Council.

    The new development will include 36 specialist palliative care beds, a day-care centre, therapy rooms and education facilities.

    The planned site for the new hospice at Merlin Park is situated away from the hospital campus. However co-location with the hospital will be hugely beneficial for the hospice, allowing for ease in transferring vulnerable hospice patients who are receiving treatment and for other support services such as X-rays, scans, blood testing, analysis and pharmacy support services.

    The HSE agreed to sell the site at Merlin Park to the Galway Hospice Foundation in 2015 and the title to the lands will be transferred once the planning permission has been obtained for the 14 acre site.

  • The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced €10 million in once-off funding for palliative care and end-of-life care in 2020, to support the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Minister said that, while hospices and other providers of palliative care are continuing to provide essential services, their fundraising activities have been curtailed during the pandemic.

    In this region, €350,000 has been allocated for the North West Hospice in Sligo and €750,000 for the Galway Hospice.

    Funding is also provided for the Irish Hospice Foundation, Jack & Jill Children's Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society.


  • An Bord Pleanála has overturned planning permission for a new hospice building in Galway.

    The decision follows objections to the development on environmental grounds.

    Galway Hospice had planned to construct a 36-bed facility on land adjacent to Merlin Park, and was granted planning permission by Galway City Council last August.

    The decision was subsequently appealed, and An Bord Pleanala has now overturned the planning permission, which could mean a lengthy delay in the provision of a new hospice facility in the city.

  • 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" .