July 25, 2021

Wicklow Hospice will be first specialist palliative care facility in county

Wicklow Hospice has come under the management of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services (OLH&CS) ahead of its official opening later this month.

Wicklow Hospice will be the first specialist palliative care facility in the county.

Coming under the governance of OLH&CS, it will join the 200-bed facility in Harold’s Cross and the 12-bed facility at Blackrock in Dublin as part of the largest provider of specialist palliative care in the country.

Wicklow Hospice will provide 15 in-patient public beds and specialist Community Palliative Care services across the county, excluding West Wicklow, which comes under St. Brigid’s Hospice in Kildare.

The facility at Magheramore has been developed as a result of the work undertaken by the Wicklow Fundraising Foundation over the last 10 yeasr. The 3.5 acre site was donated by the Columban sisters.

OLH&CS chief executive Audrey Houlihan said: “We are delighted to welcome Wicklow Hospice into the OLH&CS family. As the facility comes under our management, I would like to pay heartfelt tribute to the people of Wicklow and the Wicklow Hospice Foundation, for getting the facility to this point. It is a testament to every person who took part in the many fundraising projects that Wicklow now has a facility of this calibre, which will be used by generations to come.”

Wicklow Hospice Foundation chair Sean Dorgan added: “After many years, and loyal support from the people of Wicklow, the doors of the Wicklow Hospice will soon open and we are very happy to hand the responsibility for the management and governance of the facility to OLH&CS, one of the oldest and largest specialist palliative care providers in the country. We are delighted to have realised our vision and we look forward to the development of Wicklow Hospice in response to local needs.”

Recruitment for positions at Wicklow Hospice will commence in the coming weeks. Applications will be invited for a range of roles and will be published on http://www.olh.ie and on OLH&CS social media channels.

Members of the public are invited to public open days on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, with tours of the facility taking place from 11am to 3pm.

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