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Hospital receives €10 million gift

Howard Lake | 8 June 2009 | News

A new €55 million hospital providing palliative care and services for older people in Cork has received a €10 million gift from Atlantic Philanthropies.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, has performed the ceremonial turning of the sod at the site of the new St Patrick’s Hospital on a 13-acre site on the fringes of Cork city.

The new 15,000sq m hospital will replace St Patrick’s Hospital and will include some 75 hospital beds for older people and 44 hospice beds, compared with the existing facility which has 64 hospital beds and 24 hospice beds.


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Atlantic Philanthropies, the charity set up by Irish-American billionaire Charles Feeney, has sought to assist in projects for older people in Ireland.

The balance of the hospital’s cost is being raised through the sale of the Cork charity’s five-acre site on Wellington Road, incorporating St Patrick’s Hospital and Marymount Hospice, government support and ongoing fundraising.

“Fundraising, which has been ongoing since the idea of the new hospice was first mooted, has been remarkably successful, thanks to the astonishing generosity of the people of Cork,” said hospital chief executive Mr O’Dwyer.

“The hospital is enormously indebted to them and to its volunteer fundraisers, the Friends of St Patrick’s Hospital and Marymount Hospice.

“The remaining target for local fundraising is €9 million – ie €3 million a year for the next three years,” he added.