Fundraising Project Designated to Macroom Community Hospital, Co. Cork....
Former Legendary Cork Footballer, Noel O'Leary, dedicates his SportsLife Tribute Show to Local Community Hospital Caring for Senior Citizens.
Not too many Cork footballers were idolised by Cork G.A.A. fans compared to the everlasting reverence afforded Cork's hurlers of Times Past. Noel O'Leary of the famed Cill na Martra club of Muskerry, is one name that will stand the test of time all over Co. Cork. During his illustrious career wearing the famed red Cork jersey in the 2000's, Noel stood out as a player bursting with Cork pride and ready to go to war no matter the importance of any match.
Macroom Community Hospital is a place I visited many, many times, during my own sisters final years in the wonderful care of the staff and management and on her passing in late May 2019, I committed to assisting the hospitals fundraising project as a gesture of appreciation on behalf of my family. The hospital is soon to commence a much needed state of the art new extension and the current building dates back to the 1930's.
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The area served is primarily mid/north Cork and the hospital also cares for residents from Cork city and Bandon areas, when necessity calls.
A Cork public representative stated "There has been a repeated cycle of plans and commitments and all we are seeing is non-delivery. It's a massive failure for those who depend and work in Macroom Community Hospital. We need to see progress on this. We have seen community hospitals in similar positions make progress, but Macroom Community Hospital has slipped behind".
It was also stated that while the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) had praised the standard of care at Macroom Hospital, it also raised a number of issues of concern including patient privacy, storage space and the need to move away from the 'open ward' model to more private rooms.
The hospital licence was renewed (by HIQA) on the basis that plans for the redevelopment would be advanced. However, aside from the appointment of a design team about thee-years after the HIQA report, we still haven't seen concrete developments," said the author of the article. He said that late last year (2018) the HSE had informed him that €5.8 million was needed for the project and they were expecting the planning process to commence in the first quarter of this year. Hence the immediate requirement of the hospital to reach out for fundraising, as aside from goverment funding, crtical funding is needed for many more requirements.
The Noel O'Leary SportsLife Tribute Show is recognition by the family and relatives of the late Sheila O'Shea of Skehard Road, Mahon, Blackrock, Cork, a sister of the editor/promoter at All Ireland Hall of Fame Online Gallery, Derry JF Doody. The subject matter of our SportsLife, the famed Noel O'Leary, is very well acquainted with the dignified and wonderful services of the local hospital and was born and reared in the nearby gaeltacht village of Cill na Martra.
The organisation of the SportsLife Tribute Show falls to Derry JF Doody, who has hosted numerous tribute shows to legends of gaelic games all over Ireland since the mid 1980's. A team of volunteers will kick off plans with immediate effect and sponsorship and admission tickets will be key components of the fundraising.
The willingness of Noel O'Leary, to come on board as our SportsLife recipient, is key to the success of the upcoming fundraising venture and we acknowledge the spirit of co-operation from Noel.
Further details of the upcoming programme will be announced online during late October 2019. We look forward to a huge sporting occasion in the barony of Muskerry and announcing our venue is top of the agenda.
Yours In Sport,
Derry JF Doody