Inspirational founder of Irish Hospice Foundation, Dr Mary Redmond, dies

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Dr Redmond founded the IHF almost 30 years ago after being impressed by the quality of care that her father, Dr John Redmond, received in the “expert and loving hands” of staff at Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross, Dublin.

The Irish Hospice Foundation CEO, Sharon Foley, paid tribute to Dr Redmond, whom she described as “an inspirational and visionary leader.”

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the news of Dr Redmond’s passing,” said Ms Foley. “She had foresight, determination and generosity of spirit and we are very proud today to continue with her work.

“From small beginnings, the Irish Hospice Foundation strives for best care at end of life for all in Ireland and works to facilitate the practice of hospice care in all its aspects, supporting and complimenting the activity of the many voluntary hospice groups which have developed around the country.

“From the very start, the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation has been rooted in the experience of patients and their families, going back to the positive experience Dr Redmond had with the death of her father.”

Ms Foley extended her sympathy and that of all the IHF staff to Dr Redmond’s family and loved ones, saying: “They can be proud of her legacy.”

In an interview marking the 20th birthday of the IHF in 2006, Dr Redmond said that she had no idea when she started the process of setting up the Foundation that it was going to become so big, and that the work was going to be so challenging.

Dr Redmond was conferred with a Doctor in Laws (LL.D) from Trinity College in 2014. 

In 1999 she also established the Wheel, a support and representative body connecting community and voluntary organisations and charities across Ireland which has evolved to become a resource centre and forum for the community and voluntary sector.

Read more about Dr Redmond’s life and work on the website of The Irish Times

To find out more about the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation, visit the organisation’s website.

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