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  1. Riverstown GAA – Road to Sam – in memory of Kevin Coleman RIP for Sarcoma Research & Awareness

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    For over 10 years now, Riverstown G.A.A. Club in County Sligo, has held an annual “Riverstown Road to Sam” fundraiser, dedicating time and effort to supporting local causes by raising money through GAA competitions, table quizzes and auctions.

    In 2023 the fundraiser was dedicated to the memory of a local man Kevin Coleman, who sadly, following a courageous battle with Sarcoma, passed away in July 2023.

    Proceeds of €3,350 were recently presented by David McKeon (see photo below) to St. Vincent’s Foundation for Sarcoma Research & Awareness here in St. Vincent’s.

    We are deeply grateful to everybody involved in this wonderful fundraising.



  2. Bingo Night in Arklow Bay Hotel, 25/11/2023 & St. Stephen’s Day Charity Swim 2023 in Memory of Eamon Burke R.I.P. fundraising for the Liver Unit

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    We have previously highlighted the phenomenal fundraising of Eamon & Mary Burke and their family for the Liver Unit. We also carried a feature on Eamon’s death in April 2023, acknowledging the wonderful friendship he has shown to St. Vincent’s over so many years.

    Continuing the generosity that Eamon & Mary have always demonstrated, the family organised the annual St. Stephen’s Day Swim and in addition held a Bingo Night in November. Through all these efforts they raised €14,100 for St. Vincent’s Liver Unit. This brings to almost €85,000 the cumulative sum contributed to the Unit.

    On a very poignant visit to the hospital Mary and her family were photographed presenting the outcome, which was a record fundraising achievement for them in any one year. Our sincere thanks to the family and to all their supporters.

    Pictured presenting the fundraising proceeds to John Hickey, St. Vincent’s Foundation are from R. Dean Dickenson, Clive Burke, Mary Wood, Mary Burke & David Burke. Also some pictures from the St. Stephen’s Day Swim.


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    Tom O’Keeffe, who lives in Cheshire in England, recently organised an ingenious series of activities to raise funds for The Intensive Care and Liver Units in St. Vincent’s. Tom was doing this in memory of his beloved cousin, Olivia, who died in St. Vincent’s in December 2021. Tom ran an Ultramarathon to coincide with the 2nd anniversary of Olivia’s death. Tom’s ultimate commitment was to run 1 Km for every £100 donated by the anniversary date. Given the phenomenal response of over £9,000 donated by that time, Tom ran 90.3 Km in 12 hours and 10 minutes of “moving time”. This feat of endurance is difficult for most of us to comprehend.

    Tom supplemented this major undertaking by adopting other challenges during the six months of fundraising from July to December. These included swimming 5 marathons in 5 days and completing the “David Goggins 4/4/48 Challenge”(where he ran 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours).

    Subsequent to these super-human endeavours, Tom received further donations, ultimately raising £15,213.66 (€17,380.16). €11,423.11 was donated to I.C.U. and €5,957.05 to the Liver Unit.

    Tom came from England and with some of the O’Keeffe family to presented the final proceeds. We are so grateful for this supreme contribution as well as being in awe of his achievements.

    Pictured presenting the fundraising proceeds to John Hickey, St. Vincent’s Foundation are members of the O’Keeffe family as follows


    Gerry, Maria, Jill, Tom, Aidan & David O’Keeffe








    Maria, Jill, Gerry, Tom, Aidan & David O’Keeffe

  4. Support for Enda McDermott Simulation Laboratory (SIM Lab)

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    We are once again indebted to St. Michael’s College for their support, which has been so generous for so many causes in St. Vincent’s over many years.

    Through the huge relationship that Annette McDermott has had with St. Michael’s, the college made a donation of €1,000 to help with this existing project named in memory of Annette’s beloved husband Enda R.I.P.

    Enda was a highly respected consultant in St. Vincent’s for many years, until his sudden death in 2021.

    Pictured at the presentation of the cheque to John Hickey, St. Vincent’s Foundation are L. to R. his son-in-law Declan, his daughters Emma & Aisling and Enda’s wife Annette

  5. VHI Women’s Mini Marathon – Sunday 2nd June 2024 – Take part for St. Vincent’s

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    We would like to thank all who have supported St. Vincent’s in this event over many years.

    If you are taking part in this year’s event on Sunday 2nd June, why not fundraise for St. Vincent’s Hospital to assist patient care.

    You can select the medical cause within the hospital that you want to support.

    To register and for further details log onto

    Please consider setting up a fundraising page for St. Vincent’s Foundation.

    After you have registered, please phone us on 01-2215065 or email for a sponsorship pack.

  6. St. Michael’s College support for Simulation Laboratory in St. Vincent’s

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    St. Michael’s College in Ballsbridge has been one of our most loyal fundraising supporters over the last ten years or so. Primarily through their annual Christmas Tree sale, they have donated €26,500 to projects in the hospital.

    This year they have presented a further €2,000 which will support the exciting development of a state of the art Simulation Laboratory here in St. Vincent’s.

    We are truly thankful for this wonderful support and look forward to our partnership for the future.

    Pictured is Aidan O’Donnell, Vice-Principal, St. Michael’s College presenting 2023 Christmas Tree sale fundraising donation of €2,000 to John Hickey, St. Vincent’s Foundation

  7. 2023 Lambay Christmas Lights appeal for Colorectal Cancer care & research in St. Vincent’s

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    In November last, we advertised another Christmas lights fundraising project being undertaken by Ciara Crangle and her friends and neighbours in Ballybrack. We are delighted now to report on an outstanding success in fundraising from this undertaking. Ciara raised €2,857.83 for Colorectal Cancer patient care and research here in St. Vincent’s.

    Ciara and one of her main sponsors, Alan Conway, Locksmith presented the cheque for the money raised. Ciara also wishes to acknowledge the support of all her sponsors:
     Alan Conway Locksmith
     Michael Donovan & Sons
     Jimmy Doyle (JD) Tyres
     Tom, The Igo Inn, Ballybrack
     Conor Dorans Pharmacy
     Southside Partnership Ballybrack

    This terrific result was achieved despite serious weather challenges during the event.

    On behalf of all our patients we express our sincere thanks for this wonderful activity and result.

    Pictured is Ciara Crangle along with Alan Conway presenting the proceeds to John Hickey, St. Vincent’s Foundation

  8. 2023 “Friends of St. Vincent’s” Newsletter now available

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    The 2023 edition of “Friends of St. Vincent’s” newsletter is now available.

    You can also view the magazine here on on our website under News & Events – Donor’s Newsletter.

    The great support we see is due to the care that patients and their families experience in our hospitals.

    We hope you enjoy the content and any feedback is always welcome.

  9. Collen Construction Ltd. “Building Bridges” Charity Cycle 2023 for St. Anne’s Cancer Care

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    This amazing company now in it’s 213th year of doing business, places the highest priority on contributing to the communities in which it operates. St. Vincent’s is fortunate to have been selected as a Charity Partner by Collen Construction raising funds for St Anne’s Cancer in the hospital. St. Anne’s was originally selected by Collen in memory of their much-loved colleague, the late Conor O’Carroll, who was treated in St. Vincent’s.

    The 2023 Charity Cycle which was named “Building Bridges” took place in September. The title adopted the message of connection and unity as a bridge of support. The concept was that as many people as possible would take part and either cross or pass a bridge as part of their cycle. Sandra Kelly, the extraordinary Chair of the Cycling Committee highlighted the driving motivation of the fundraising: “Whether bridging physical distance, or overcoming obstacles, anything is possible when we commit to ‘Building Bridges’ together”.

    Predictably the 2023 event was a huge success. 480 team members took part raising a grand total of €150,000 for 21 charities in Ireland, UK, Sweden and Denmark.

    St. Vincent’s Foundation was presented with a fantastic donation of €9,000 from the 2023 event, bringing to €28,000 the support that the Collen Cycle has contributed to Cancer Care in the hospital since 2020.

    Tommy Drumm has announced that he will shortly retire as M.D. of Collen Construction. Tommy has been one of our greatest supporters in the company. We wish him well in the next phase and we thank him sincerely for all his contribution to the hospital.

    We cannot adequately thank the management of Collen, The Cycling Committee, the participants and the terrific sponsors who contributed to this outcome.

    The 2023 Charity Presentation in Collen Head Office of Tommy Drumm, M.D. and Neil Collen, Chairman presenting John Hickey, C.E.O., St. Vincent’s Foundation with a cheque for €9,000.








    Tommy Drumm’s daughter, Ciara, is a doctor in St. Vincent’s and we were delighted that both Tommy & Ciara attended for a photo recently.




  10. Louis Corrigan’s Dye & Shave for N.E.T.

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    Louis Corrigan from County Meath is currently receiving treatment in St. Vincent’s. With enormous generosity, Louis decided to undertake a “Dye and Shave” fundraising event to raise funds for Neuro Endocrine Tumour research in the hospital.

    Louis originally set a target of €1,500 for his fundraising but the support he received far exceeded his expectations and a magnificent total of €11,340 was raised. We would like to express our since thanks to those generous people who supported this fantastic initiative.

    Louis and several family members recently presented the fundraising proceeds to St. Vincent’s Foundation.

    Again, we thank Louis, his family and supporters for this wonderful contribution for N.E.T. research here in St. Vincent’s and wish him the very best for his treatment and future health.

    Present with Louis for the cheque presentation photo to John Hickey, St. Vincent’s Foundation, at the Cedar Ward in St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, were his wife Ger, his son Ronan (who also got his head shaved), his sister Pam and her two daughters Mairead (who did the head shaving) and Maedbh (who also got her head shaved), along with members of the SVPrivate team treating Louis, including Consultant Surgeon, Mr. Anthony Stafford. Louis’s brother Paschal also attended to take the photograph