Thursday, September 22, 2022

Actor Brendan Gleeson with Martina Jennings, CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, at the launch of Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning Social for Hospice. Picture: Conor McCabe


Communities across Roscommon have been gathering this morning for the 30th Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning Social for Hospice.

Those who haven’t been able to host a coffee morning are being asked to donate to help raise much-needed funds to support the work of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation.

“We are delighted Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning Social for Hospice is back for another year raising funds in support of Hospice in-patient and community services around Ireland,” said Martina Jennings, CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation.

“The ongoing support for this campaign over the last 30 years is a testament to the generosity of our coffee morning hosts, donors, ambassadors, and our long-time sponsor Bewley’s.

“The funds raised each year by the Irish public ensure we continue to provide vital support to individual patients and their families every day.”

Brendan Gleeson has also called on people to donate in a bid to raise €1.5million nationwide for “life-affirming” Hospice services across Ireland.

The Hollywood star launched the 30th Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning Social for Hospice which has raised over €41.5 million since its inception, joining Hospice hosts and volunteers at the iconic Bewley’s café on Grafton Street.

“While your illness has defined you as a patient, hospice care looks beyond your illness and sees you as a whole person — with wishes, goals, hobbies and interests,” said the legendary actor, whose late parents were cared for in St. Francis Hospice in Dublin.

Gleeson, 67, whose latest film, The Banshees of Inisherin, is due out in October, insisted patients are “so well looked after, allowing them to live as full and independent lives as possible, for as long as possible.”

“It takes great courage for patients and families to avail of hospice services to ensure that their loved ones’ needs are met at this important time in their lives. In my experience, hospice care is life affirming and enriching,” he said.

“This year we really want to see people in Roscommon get creative with their events and coffee creations and take time together with loved ones to help make this the best year yet.

“And if you can’t host a coffee morning social, please donate to your local hospice at

Together for Hospice, The National Hospice Movement represents 26 Hospice and specialist palliative home care providers supporting patients and their families nationwide. 

Funds raised locally stay local and go back into each local hospice service, helping to pay for medical and general staff, palliative care beds, home care visits, specialist equipment and new hospice builds. 

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