Mayo Roscommon Hospice

  • The Mayo International Supporters Foundation appears to be winding down.

    Earlier this week Mayo County Board ammounced it  has ceased all contact with the group’s millionaire Chairman Tim O’Leary over tweets he published calling for the removal of Mayo  Football Manager James Horan last weekend.

    Midwest News understands the foundation has made a series of donation to various groups this week.

    Today it has announced a donation of 50,000 euro to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation.

    The monies will be used to provide palliative care services to the people of Mayo and Roscommon.

    CEO of the Mayo Roscommon Foundation Martina Jennings says it’s wonderful news and has thanked the foundation for its generous contribution.

    The new multi million euro hospice in Castlebar was due to open to patients around Easter time this year, but while recruitment of staff for the facility is about to get underway, it now looks like this Autumn before it will be available to patients.

    Martina explained to Midwest News today that progress is slower than anticipated, but she said that was due to the time involved in the HSE actually securing the funding for the facility that was approved in last October’s budget. Nonetheless she says it will definitely be opened to patients before the end of this year.

    Meanwhile preliminary work on the new hospice facility site in Roscommon town, has been hampered by recent inclement weather, but the contractor is expected to be on site before the end of next month.

    Martina told Midwest News today about the welcome 50,000 euro donation from the foundation.





  • The sod will be turned this afternoon on a new 6 million euro Hospice Unit in Roscommon.

    When completed, the new facility will consist of Day Care, Community Care and an eight bed in-patient unit providing respite and end-of- life- services.

    The new hospice unit is being built on a site close to Roscommon University Hospital, and the official sod turning ceremony gets underway at 2pm.

    The construction of a new hospice in Roscommon, gets underway just months after the completion of the new Mayo Hospice Unit in Castlebar, and it is on track to be open to patients before the summer.

    Both units have received extensive support from community fund raising events held over many years.

    Martina Jennings is the CEO of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation and she’s been telling Midwest News today about the Roscommon development


  • Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, has today confirmed that the Government has allocated €300,000 to support the opening of the new Mayo Roscommon Hospice in Castlebar.

    Minister for Health Simon Harris has allocated the monies through the HSE to the Castlebar facility and Minister Rings told Midwest News this afternoon that it will enable the new hospice to open  its  specialist palliative care inpatient unit towards the end of the year.

    Minister Ring has complimented Mayo Roscommon Hospice, and in particular, Martina Jennings, CEO, Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, for bringing this project in on time and under budget. Saying it will be “a wonderful facility for the people of Mayo and will no doubt provide great support and comfort to patients and their families”.

  • Castlebar is reviving an old Christmas tradition this year, that had been lost for some years now, in an effort to raise funds for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.

    The Waits, started almost 150 years ago in Castlebar, was a group of people walking through the town’s streets late at night in the run up to Christmas, calling out the names of all the Castlebar families.

    Well known Waits participant/cryer in the recent past was Stephen Guthrie who will reprise his traditional role at 8pm on Saturday 20th December when he will cry out names from Rush street to Ellison St.

    Michael Baynes, Tourism Officer for Castlebar, told Midwest News that in the past the Waits tradition was part of the magic of Christmas.

  • Gardai in Castlerea are holding a coffee meeting for the public in the garda station in the town tomorrow morning (Thurs) between 11am and 3pm.

    All proceeds will go towards the Mayo Roscommon Hospice foundation.

    Everyone is welcome.

  • Connacht Rugby, along with their partners Elverys and BLK, have collaborated to create a special and unique, Limited-Edition ‘Heroes’ jersey in aid of ALONE and the Galway and Mayo/Roscommon Hospices.

    During these unprecedented times, ALONE and the Hospices are unrelenting in their support of our most vulnerable in society. To support their trojan efforts and by way of support to all our front-line workers, 100% of profits from this Limited-Edition jersey will go directly to ALONE and the two Connacht-based Hospices.

    The jersey sports a unique design inspired by Superheroes, reminding us that they are not the only ones who wear capes and is our way of saying thanks to all Superheroes fighting day in, day out to makes the lives of the most vulnerable better.

    The caption ‘Home Advantage’ reminds us that for now, this game is won by staying at home, but is also a nod to what will be brighter and healthier days ahead, when we can all venture out to support Connacht Rugby at home in The Sportsground once again, wearing this ‘Heroes’ shirt with pride.

    The limited-edition jersey is available exclusively on a pre-order basis from Wednesday 13th May on and costs just €70 for an adult and starts at €48 for kids. But hurry, only a limited number of these once-off jerseys will be produced and orders will be fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis.

    All orders have to be place by 23rd May.

    There is an expected delivery time of five to six weeks as these jerseys are being produced specifically for each individual once orders are placed.

  • Another Supercar Spectacle is coming to Mayo later this month, as the ‘Wild West Road Trip’ hits local towns.

    With the start line at Crockets on the Quay in Ballina at 10am on Friday the 20th September, the group of over 30 Supercars will make their way along Mayo’s most northerly route taking in the Ceide Fields, Ballycroy National Park onto Achill Island and then onto Castlebar for the finish line about 5pm, all in aid of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation.

    The event is organised by the group Drive 365 which was co-founded in 2017 by Niall Russel and Castlebar native Niamh Hamrock. The group has gone from strength to strength in the last year raising money for various Irish charities with almost 40,000 euro raised over 12 months.

    The second of the two day event will take the group up around Sligo and Donegal. Cars on view include Lamborghini’s, Bentley’s, Porsche, Aston Martin, McLaren etc.

    This year the event will raise money for Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation.


    Martina Jennings CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice said: ‘Fundraising efforts, like the Wild West event, are the reason the hospice has been able to build a dedicated Hospice in Mayo, with a new facility in Roscommon to start in the next couple of months.


  • The Ballaghaderreen Hospice Support Group Walk in aid of Mayo Roscommon a Hospice Foundation will take place on Thursday, St Stephen’s Day.

    Walkers will gather g at the Ozanam Centre at 10.45am, with the walk at 11am.

    Refreshments will be served afterwards and you’re encouraged to wear your Santa hat or Christmas jumper

  • 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

  • Mayo / Roscommon Hospice has confirmed that its shops across the two counties will reopen on Tuesday 9th June.

    The 12 charity shops were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has severely impacted on the Hospice revenue.

    However, the Hospice has confirmed today that the shops across Mayo and Roscommon will reopen on Tuesday week, 9th June, with the necessary procedures and protections in place to ensure the safety of customers, staff and volunteers.

    Meanwhile, construction work has restarted on the new palliative care centre in Roscommon Town.

    Work was suspended on the €6 million euro unit due to Government restrictions following the coronavirus outbreak.

    However, the lifting of some restrictions has allowed construction workers to return to the site, and it's expected the new hospice unit will be completed by Summer 2021.

    It will include an 8-bed in-patient unit providing respite and end of life services, as well as day care and community care.


  • Members of the public are, in places, dropping off bags of donations at Mayo/ Roscommon Hospice Shops, however, all 12 Mayo Roscommon Hospice Shops are closed due to Covid 19 at present and it’s not appropriate, as there is no one there to take the bags in and sort them out.

    Angelina Nugent of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation is appealing to the many people that may be undertaking home clear outs as they are forced to self isolate, to please hold on to their bags of donations until the present pandemic is over and everything is back to normal.

    If bags are left outside the closed Hospice Shops at this stage, they are simply adding to a litter problem and will be of no value to the foundation.


  • Mayo Roscommon Hospice is now awaiting written confirmation from the HSE that full funding will be in place to open the new multimillion euro new Castlebar Hospice facility before the end of this year.

    Thursday next, is national Hospice Coffee morning, and the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation is hoping that 250 coffee mornings will take place next week in homes, work place,and community centres in this region.

    All the monies raised for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice goes towards the hospice services in homes in both counties and towards the new hospice building completed in Castlebar, and a new facility to go to construction phase by next year in Roscommon town.

    Martina Jennings is the CEO of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice hada huge turnout at an open day last Thursday at the new Castlebar facility to mark Hospice coffee day 2019.

  • Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation and the HSE have been working closely over the past number of weeks to facilitate the use of the Mayo Hospice building for the COVID-19 crisis.

    For the next few months the Mayo Hospice Building will be handed over to the HSE to provide additional accommodation for patients, should it be required.

    During this time the Mayo Hospice Building will be fully operated by the HSE. 

    It is still the hope of the Foundation that the Mayo Hospice shall be open for Palliative Care before the end of year.

  • 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.

  • The Minister for Health Simon Harris is in Mayo Castlebar today for a number of engagements.

    He will officially open the new Mayo / Roscommon Hospice facility in the county town this afternoon.

    The hospice unit includes a 14-bed in-patient unit, day care and community care services, and has been constructed at a cost of more than €10 million.

    After years of planning and fundraising, the facility is being officially opened this lunchtime by the Health Minister.

    Later this afternoon the Minister will visit Castlebar Primary Care Centre at Moneen and Mindspace in the town.

  • AMonster Sports Quiz in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation organised by Conn Rangers FC and Knockmore GAA will take place this evening.

    The quiz is scheduled to start at 8pm this evening.

    Just head to the Conn Rangers Facebook page anytime after 7pm for details or you can go directly to the quiz site at

    The Quiz Code you will need to take part is 146483.

    There are 100 questions in total - everything from Rugby to Rowing and from Golf to Gaelic.

    Questions are multiple choice and you have 20 seconds to answer with bonus points for the fastest correct answers. Play on your own or as a team - it's up to you.

  • 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.