Laois Hospice scores €20k from GAA

2 April 2013; The GAA is pleased to confirm it's five official charities for 2013/14 as 'Fighting Blindness', 'Edmund Rice Beyond 250 Appeal', 'Our Lady's Children Hospital Crumlin - Orthopaedic Unit', 'Laois Hospice', and 'Liam's Lodge'. The Association at central level will make a monetary contribution to each of the five charities in addition to helping to raise the profile of the excellent work they are involved in. At the announcement are Uachtar�n Chumann L�thchleas Gael Liam " N�ill, centre, with from the Laois Hospice Seamus O'Donoghue, Chairman, and Peter Naughton, Medical Director, left. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
Laois Hospice has received a major boost with news that it is one of the GAA’s chosen charites.

Laois Hospice has received a major boost with news that it is one of the GAA’s chosen charites.

The Association will dontate €20,000 to each of the five charities in addition to helping to raise the profile of the excellent work they are involved in.

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Trumera’s Liam Ó Néill said the GAA was delighted to be able to assist these charities and complement the support so many other units provide to other charities across the country on an ongoing basis.

“All of these charities are engaged in highly valued work that not only benefits the people they work with on a daily basis, but society as a whole and the GAA is keen to make a meaningful gesture in support of this excellent work,” said the Laois President.

Chairman of Laois Hospice said it was a great endorsement of the work being done in Laois.

“The decision of the GAA to include Laois Hospice as one of five groups to receive financial support is a great endorsement of the work being done. It is fitting that both the Hospice movement and the GAA share two defining characteristics - volunteerism and local delivery. Indeed neither group would survive were it not for the many people who gladly volunteer their time and talents for local projects,” he said.

Mr O’Donoghue, Chairman and Peter Naughton, founder member of Laois Hospice represented Laois Hospice at the presentation in Croke Park on Tuesday, April 2 by Liam O’Neill.

It is the intention of Laois Hospice to use these money for the advancement of homecare for the terminally ill in the Laois Area.

The other four charities which will each receive €20,000 from the GAA are: Fighting Blindness, Edmund Rice Beyond 250 Appeal, Our Lady’s Children Hospital Crumlin – Orthopaedic Unit, and Liam’s Lodge.

GAA Director General Páraic Duffy added: “We receive a large number of requests for assistance from various different charities and while it is not possible to answer them all we are pleased to be able to assist the five charities we’re announcing today.

“Our clubs and counties are free to choose their own charitable causes to support and do so, and anything we can do as an Association at national level to shine a light on the efforts of the five charities that we are announcing today, is something that we are delighted to do.”