TIME FOR A BREW: Malcolm Eigner (General Manager of the Royal Hotel) and Maria O’Sullivan (pictured at the front) with Pat Doolan (Chair of the Kerry Hospice Foundation Killarney Branch), Noreen Collins, Dermot O’Reilly, Catherine O’Reilly and Phyllis O’Sullivan launching ‘Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice Together with Bewley’s’ on Tuesday morning. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

The Killarney branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation is planning to brew up a storm as part of Ireland’s biggest coffee morning.

On Tuesday, members of the local branch launched their annual fundraiser outside the Killarney Royal Hotel as part of the nationwide ‘Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice Together with Bewley’s’.

The big day takes place in Killarney on Thursday, September 19 from 10am to 12noon, explained Pat Doolan, Chair of the Kerry Hospice Foundation Killarney Branch.

“The main event is at the Royal Hotel who have been very good to us over the years,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There are other premises hosting events as well such as Killarney Credit Union and Kennellys The Reeks Gateway.”

He added that everyone is welcome and they’d appreciate support as it’s a fundraiser with money allocated to local services.

“We’ll have a raffle as well with some great prizes.”

Pat, who has been involved with the Killarney branch for seven years, says it’s always a great occasion.

“It’s one of our main fundraisers throughout the year and it’s always well supported. All funds raised stay in Kerry, going towards the inpatient unit, the dedicated hospice rooms in the community hospital and the home care service. The new in-patient unit opened in 2017. It’s costing €500,000 a year at the moment. Kerry Hospice have to continually fundraise €400k a year alongside the HSE who contribute a similar amount towards the funding of that unit alone, and approximately €100,000 more is needed to fund the other services.”