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DSC_0023Thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered and provided supplies for last Saturdays 10km on Inis Mor. It was a great day, beautiful weather with a lovely local atmosphere.

Hope to see you all again next year.

The results were as follow:

1st Rihcard Kungs
2nd Paul Fallon
3rd Darragh Ruane

1st Anna Marie Faherty
2ND Claire Gillespie
3rd Dolores Collins

Under 16 Boys
1st Brian McDonagh

Under 16 Girls
1st Aoife Guildea
2nd Aisling Mullen Aine Guildea
3rd Ciara Gill

Over 40’s
1st Fionnuala Flaherty

Over 50’s
1st Tereasa Donoghue

Over 60’s
1st John O’Toole

PICT0451110 of Brigid’s friends took part in the West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon in Castlebar on Sunday May 4th in aid of Cancer Care West. Thanks to all participants, to Ultra Fit Studios Castlebar for providing the free training, to Martin in Ballyvary P.O.for collecting the returned funds and to Swinford AC for donating the proceeds of their 5Km event in Straide.

A golf classic was held in Balla Golf club on 16th August. Thanks to Julie Loftus for her help in co-ordinating the day, to Chris Mannion for hosting the presentation of the prizes, the raffle and the music.

A special word of thanks to our sponsors – Connaght Gold, Cherry Blossom, Butlers Foods, Just Baked, O’Haras of Foxford, Claddagh Water and Pat the Baker.  As a result of their generous sponsorship, we were able to provide a sumptuous feast to all on the day.

People and businesses in the local area were exceptionally generous to the cause.

How fitting it was that on Brigids birthday, we presented a cheque for €32,000 to Cancer Care West.

hughAugust just passed saw a great month of fundraising for Cancer Care West.  We would like to specifically thank our ex-resident Hugh Logue of Gortnaraw, Kerrykeel, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, who raised a whopping €9,117.00 for the Lodge.

Hugh, along with his family organised a ‘Sheep Auction Night’ in his local pub. Kindly, eight farmers in his local area donated eight sheep and they were then actioned off, which resulted in €9,117.00 being raised for Cancer Care West.

Hugh was a wonderful resident. He left an impact on both his fellow residents and all the staff in the Lodge. Everyone at Cancer Care West would like to thank Hugh, his family and everyone involved in organising this event.  Your generosity and support is forever appreciated.

2012-07-27 19.08.24On Saturday, July 26th last, 75 swimmers took to the seas to take part in the 9th edition of the Galway Bay swim, otherwise known as ‘The Frances Thornton Memorial Swim’ from Auginish in Co. Clare to the Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill in aid of Cancer Care West.

This year 75 swimmers took part in the event, with 55 swimmers attempting the full 13km and 7 relay teams comprising the rest. There were 70 boats, kayaks, paddle boards and over 100 crew in the bay that morning/afternoon managing the safety and well- being of each swimmer as they made their journey across the bay.  All swimmers arrived safe and sound into Blackrock on Saturday 26th between 1pm and 3pm. A huge congratulations to, Helen Vaughan, the first swimmer back, Dylan Barret, who had the fastest time of 2.27 and to JP and Jason, the first relay team home.

In previous years this swim has made over €400,000 for Cancer Care West, with more to add to that tally from this year’s donations. It is a testament to each swimmer that not only do they endure the training and preparation that goes into this event but each swimmer also commits to attempt to raise €500 for Cancer Care West too.

David O Donnell, Fundraising Manager at Cancer Care West said: “We are hugely grateful for the support and interest shown by all the swimmers in the work we do here at Cancer Care West.”

Cancer Care West would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in this event; swimmers, crew, sponsors,  media, volunteers, and everyone who came down to Blackrock to support the swimmers and Cancer Care West on the day.  You’re ongoing generosity and support with this event is truly exceptional.

CCW Strictly Poster (2)On the 9th of August last the Weight Watchers Connaught team shone brightly on stage in the Loughrea Hotel, as they danced to their hearts content for Cancer Care West. Twelve couples took to the stage and strutted their stuff infront of a tough but fair panel of judges, who had the prime job of selecting five finalists and the winning couple of the night.

The competition was a huge success and five couples were selected on the night to go through to the finals of the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ event in Croke Park on the 13th of September. On this night, all the provincial winners will compete with the hope of being crowned national champions.

The Connaught Weight Watchers Team, who nominated Cancer Care West as their charity of choice for this event are continuing to fundraise in the lead up to the finals in September, and are urging people to vote for the Connaught finalists, which will in turn generate proceeds for Cancer Care West.

Richard Flaherty, CEO of Cancer Care West said: “We are so grateful for the time and effort that everyone involved had given. The money raised through this event, will go a long way in supporting Cancer patients throughout the West of Ireland. I would like to wish all the Connaught finalists the very best of luck in Croke Park.” 

You can vote for your favourite couple by visiting: . All the monies donated towards a Connaught vote will go to Cancer Care West. 

For further information, or if you require tickets for the final or if you would like to donate please any prizes for the night, contact Catherine at .

 Cancer Care West Win at All Ireland Fundraising Awards


On the 26th June The Fundraising Ireland Awards were held in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and Cancer Care West were nominated in the Best Regional Fundraising Event Category for its “ Road to Inis Aoibhinn” Donegal to Galway cycle.

The Irish Fundraising Awards are the only awards created specifically for fundraisers by fundraisers. They are a key component for the ongoing commitment to champion best practice in fundraising and to celebrate fundraisers’ hard work and successes across the year.

This award will recognise the regional event that demonstrates the best use of resources, partners, volunteers and team effort to ensure optimum fundraising return.


The winning event ‘Road to Inis Aoibhinn’ was held over the 30th & 31st of May 2014, and helped raise almost €50k for the west of Ireland cancer charity which had over 40 participants take part.

Speaking about the win, Sharon Fitzpatrick, Fundraising Manager of Cancer Care West commented; ‘We are thrilled to be announced as the winners of the Best Regional Fundraising Event, this would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of all the organisers, supporters and participants. Events such as this greatly assist Cancer Care West in raising funds so that we can continue to provide accommodation and support services to cancer patients and their families free of charge.

Over 40 cyclists tackled the 280 kilometre route from Letterkenny through Donegal, Sligo and Claremorris to Galway to raise funds for Inis Aoibhinn – Cancer Care West’s residential facility in Galway. This intense route was chosen because over 70 per cent of cancer patients staying at Inis Aoibhinn come from the Mayo, Donegal and Sligo area.

Inis Aoibhinn provides a ‘home away from home’ environment for patients who are travelling to Galway for radiotherapy treatment at University Hospital Galway. This allows patients to have family support during their treatment without the burden of the cost of this facility.

These awards have been established by Fundraising Ireland to recognise exceptional achievement amongst the fundraising community, and west of Ireland cancer charity Cancer Care West will have a permanent fixture on the annual calendar following this recent successful win.

For additional information call 091 545000 or find them on Facebook.

Cancer Care West - Coffee Morning

Fabrice Costes presenting Grainne McGettigan with a Cheque of 1120.00 from the coffee morning we held at Castle Murray Hotel in St. Johns Point, Dunkineely, County Donegal on the 7th June.

1st female – Margaret Glavey
2nd female – Linda Colleran
3rd female – Julia O Toole

1st male – Daragh Bell
2nd male – Ross Gannon
3rd male – Ivo Georgiev

Ladies over 40 – Noeleen Heanan
Men over 40 – Albert Little

Ladies over 50 – Maureen McHugh
Men over 50 – Martin O Donnell

Men over 80 – Sean Dooner
Junior – Isaac O Grady

Click Here to View Clare Island 2014 Results


DSC_0976Noel and Eva Reilly presenting the proceeds of the Belmullet Quay Dip  which raised €13,269 for Cancer Care West. Well done to all involved.

Photo – Left to right Richie Flaherty(CEO Cancer Care West), John Mc Namara (Chairman Cancer Care West), Eva and Noel Reilly.

photoWell done to the 105 ladies that took part in the 5th annual Western People 10k mini marathon in Castlebar in memory of the late Brigid Cogger

Brigid died earlier this year and was known throughout the county for her personality and generosity.

These runners are fundraising for Cancer Care West in Brigid’s memory and in particular for Inis Aoibhinn, the residential care facility located close to University Hospital Galway where cancer patients and a relative / friend can find a room to stay while being treated for their illness. Brigid stayed at Inis Aoibhinn during her cancer treatment.

Over the last number of years, Cancer Care West Support Services have become increasingly aware of the difficulties of experienced by some cancer patients due to the occurrence of lymphoedema post cancer treatment. Lymphoedema is the swelling of the limbs and body due to the accumulation of lymph. This can occur post breast surgery, particularly if the lymph nodes are removed as well. Lymph nodes act as filters stations. The lymph system removes excess fluids, proteins and fats from the body’s tissues. If the drainage routes through the lymphatic system become blocked or damaged, lymph accumulates in the tissues and swelling occurs.

Manual Lymph drainage therapy is a gentle but very specialised form of massage available from specially trained therapists. It is one aspect of lymphoedema management and is used in conjunction with other components of care such as skin and multilayer bandaging.

Cancer Care West Support centre is pleased to announce the launch of a weekly MLD clinic. This service will be offered by Ms Elaine Grehan, MLD Therapist. Elaine has over seven years’ experience, and has trained in Ireland and Austria. Her work includes skin care, kinesio taping, teaching simple exercises that can be performed at home and measuring and fitting both readymade and made to measure compression garments. This service will be available by appointment only. If you would like more information on this or any of our services, please contact us on 091 540040 or call into our centre at 72 Seamus Quirke Road, Westside, Galway. All our services are free of charge and confidential.

Over the past few years, our service has increasingly been used by younger people living with a cancer diagnosis. Being diagnosed  with cancer at a younger age brings its own difficulties,  including feelings of isolation, concerns about fertility and body  image, a loss of expectations about the present and future and  often decreased feelings of self-esteem. In response to this trend,  we have set up an eight week course to look at the practical and
emotional impact of this.

We have also found that young people value talking to each other and often gain valuable insight into better ways of coping and  getting through the journey of cancer. The next course commences  on Tuesday May 12, and runs from 7pm to 9pm. This group is
suitable for anyone between the ages of 25 and 45. All our services  are free of charge. This course is run by psychologists who have  many years’ experience in supporting people on their cancer  journeys.

If you are interested in finding out more about this group, please call us on 091540040. We are located at 72 Seamus Quirke Road, Westside, Galway. We are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and until 4pm on Fridays. We are also open during lunch hour.
Please feel free to drop in at any time.

ccwtalkBeing diagnosed with prostate cancer can be a life changing event for many men. Here at Cancer Care West Support centre, we see many men and their families, who benefit from our services, including the opportunity to meet with an oncology nurse, attend supportive counselling or meet other men who are living with the diagnosis of prostate cancer.
On May 19th, at our monthly prostate cancer group meeting, we are having a public talk on the benefits of healthy eating and exercise as a very important aspect of your recovery.

The presenters will be Ms. Maev Creaven, Nutritional Therapist and Mr. James O’Donnell, Personal Trainer. Both of these experts already offer classes and courses at our support centre.

These talks take place on Monday May 19 at in the Cancer Care West Support Centre at 72 Seamus Quirke Road, Westside, Galway and it is free of charge. For further information please call 091 540040.

image001Support Cancer Care West with a Tribute to Seamus Heaney

Join famous writers, actors, artists and musicians in a tribute to the late Seamus Heaney taking place on Wednesday 26th February 2014 at the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway.  Tickets cost €10 and proceeds are being donated to Cancer Care West, the West of Ireland cancer charity.

Featuring Stephen Rea, Brendan Flynn, Marie Mullen, John Behan and many other famous names and faces, the event will honour and celebrate the life and work of the late Seamus Heaney.  As one of Ireland’s most famous poets, Seamus Heaney was also a playwright, translator and lecturer and was the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature among other awards and achievements.

Tickets are available from OMG @ Zhivago on Shop Street in Galway and directly from Cancer Care West’s Support Centre in Westside, Inis Aoibhinn Residence or by calling Cancer Care West at 091 545000.  At just €10 it is advisable to buy tickets early to avoid disappointment.  Tickets include entry to a draw for a signed copy of ‘Human Chain’, the 12th and final poetry collection by Seamus Heaney.  Doors to the Bailey Allen Hall will open at 7pm with readings and music starting at 7.30pm.   Everyone attending is sure to be guaranteed a memorable and enjoyable night  – a fitting tribute to the late Seamus Heaney while supporting Cancer Care West and cancer patients from the west of Ireland.

For more information visit or call 091 545000.

corrib-kickboxing-cancer-care-webSean Cumisky and members of Corrib kickboxing Club present Keith Finnegan and Sharon Fitzpatrick of Cancer Care West with the proceeds of their fundraising kickboxing event in December.  A phenomenal €6,500 was raised for Cancer Care West – thank you all!

Congratulations to the Winners of our Mega Raffle and thank you to all who entered.

1st Anne Rowley, Swinford, Co Mayo – 1982 Mini Cooper Car

2nd Paul Sherry C/O Tesco – 50 inch TV

3rd Irene Lynch , Roscommon – €500 Oil Voucher

4th Ann Coffey, Roscommon – Weekend for 2 in Harveys Point

5th Verona Crowley, Galway – Rick Lewis Painting

6th Jennifer Long, Donegal – Weekend for 2 in the Mc William Park Hotel

7th Ultan Molloy – €150 Tesco Voucher

8th Angela Walsh, Galway – Hamper

9th John O’Rourke , Sligo – Seavite Hamper

GAA-Walks1The annual Walk for Life, Walk for Health fundraising event was held on October 5th, a sponsored charity walk throughout County Galway that had a huge attendance on the day. This unique partnership between Cancer Care West and Galway GAA never fails each year to encourage community participation that raises awareness for such worthwhile charities. Both organisations are pivotal in the local community and this charity event helps continue the fight to raise funds to help aid those seeking support.

This year Walk for life, Walk for Health had a massive turnout of 1200 people, participating in 22 walks throughout the county. This fundraiser aim is to highlight vital health challenges occurring in the lives of many today, who seek the support and funds raised to help expand health services throughout the west of Ireland. As regular exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of developing cancer, an association with a sporting organisation such as Galway GAA is very appropriate. Both organisations believed working together would encourage community spirit, and what a spirit was shown on the day.

The atmosphere was wonderful and the many smiles all round from both volunteers and participants helped encourage morale. The Football and Hurling players in attendance helped boost confidence and encourage people to the finish line even when lacking energy. This year the funds will be divided between Cancer Care West, Galway Football & Hurling Training Funds and local GAA Clubs. Special thanks goes out to every participant that completed the walk, to the sponsor’s Supervalu who supported the event by helping with the water,  light refreshments and many other little tasks that make up this event, not forgetting FBD insurance your support is greatly appreciated.
Funds are still coming in and the final total is not known yet. Anyone that still has money to drop back can call Cancer Care West on 091-545000

image001Cancer Care West joined forces with Galway’s Mr Waffle during the summer to raise funds for the west of Ireland cancer charity. A huge amount of money was raised in only one month, €2,300 in total by Mr Waffle. Richard Flaherty CEO of Cancer Care West expressed his gratitude; “Kevin and the team at Mr Waffle have been very supportive,we are grateful for their generosity ,as a not-for-profit organisation, Cancer Care West relies heavily on donations from individuals and companies’, he said.

Mr Waffle donated fifty cent to Cancer Care West from each cup of in-house blend coffee sold for the entire month on June. They also held a coffee tasting event of the worlds most expensive coffee ‘Kopi Luwak’ .  A competition was held for one lucky customer to win coffee for a year, and the winning person was Emilie Waters.


Organising Committee of the Great Spin Out West presenting a cheque for €9,000 to David ODonnell (Cancer Care West)

Left to right – Niall Bishop, David O’Donnell (Cancer Care West), Pierce Butler and Colm Kelleher.

Join us on November 2nd @ The Hill Bar Kylebrack for Texas Hold'em.Proceeds in aid of Cancer Care West

Join us on November 2nd @ The Hill Bar Kylebrack for Texas Hold’em.Proceeds in aid of Cancer Care West

Spa Day @ Hotel Westport




Cancer Care West Annual – Walk for Life, Walk for Health 2013 Officially Launched

The annual Walk for Life, Walk for Health fundraising event was officially launched by Frank Burke, President of the Connacht Council. This unique partnership between Cancer Care West and Galway GAA consists of sponsored walks throughout County Galway on October 5th at 11am.

In the past two years €280,000 has been raised from the event. This year the funds will be divided between Cancer Care West, Galway Football & Hurling Training Funds and local GAA Clubs.

Frank Burke, President of Connacht Council said, “The Galway GAA County Board, representing all GAA Clubs and members in the County, is very proud to be associated with Cancer Care West. We are mindful of the extra-ordinary work being done by Cancer Care West, especially in the area of increasing the awareness of Cancer and it impact on Individuals, Families and our Communities”.

The total distance of each walk per parish will vary between 5km to 8km with refreshments being provided by Supervalu at every finish line. Also FBD Insurance has generously sponsored high Vis tops for every walker on the day. We are very grateful to both Supervalu and FBD Insurance for their support for this event.

Both organisations encourage people to take part in this community event. Players on this year’s Galway Hurling and Football panels will be walking also on the day.

Richard Flaherty CEO of Cancer Care West said  “We are delighted to continue our very successful partnership with Galway GAA and we are particularly pleased that clubs, both Hurling and Football are partners in the event this year  with each participating club receiving 25% of the funds collected on their respective sponsorship cards. This is a great opportunity for individual clubs to support a West of Ireland charity and also raise funds for their own club and county teams. The much-needed funds raised will help Cancer Care West continue to support cancer patients from all over the West of Ireland at our residential services at Inis Aoibhinn and our Support Services Centre on Seamus Quirke Road.”

Dr Maccon Keane , Consultant Medical Oncologist at UHG and Director of Cancer Care West speaking at the launch said “This is a unique association for the charity with such a high profile organisation within the GAA, a community based voluntary organisation. As regular exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of developing cancer, an association with a sporting organisation such as Galway GAA is very appropriate. The partnership provides a tremendous opportunity for the charity to create awareness of the free residential and cancer support services it provides to such an extended community and also raise vital funds to support these services..

Noel Treacy, Chairman Galway GAA speaking at the launch said “Galway County GAA and all of our clubs, fully acknowledge the outstanding range of services being provided, on a daily basis to cancer patients throughout the region, and are delighted to partner with Cancer Care West in this annual voluntary fundraising event-    Walk for Life -Walk for Health”

Sponsorship cards are now available from Cancer Care West. People can take part by calling Cancer Care West on 091-545000 or Galway GAA on 091-862500 or call into their local Supervalu store  to find out where their local walk is happening.


What Is Blue September?
Blue September is part of an international campaign that seeks to tackle the fact that men are more likely to develop and die of cancer than women and that men are less likely to discuss their personal health concerns with family, friends or their GP.

As 1 in 4 women and 1 in 3 men in Ireland will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime we want men to start facing up to their increased cancer risk and take more responsibility for their own health.

Blue September is a fun way of delivering this message and we know that if more men took better care of their health we could significantly reduce the numbers of men dying from cancer every year in Ireland.

So why BLUE? Well blue is for boys and we lose too many of our fathers, brothers, sons and friends to prostate, testicular bowel and other cancers every year.

What will we fund through Blue September?
DARE GO BLUE this September – Help us to increase awareness of men’s cancer and raise funds towards cancer diagnosis, treatment and care right across Ireland.

Cancer Care West will us these funds raised through Blue September to help fund our lodge which provides accommodation to over 160 men per annum receiving Radiotherapy at GUH whose average stay is approx. 6-8 weeks. We will also use these funds to provide Psychological counselling for men affected by a cancer diagnosis and also provide a range of classes and courses specifically designed for men living with cancer and hosting monthly support groups for men including the prostate cancer support group at our cancer support centre.

How will this help men?
Providing accommodation on site for men receiving radiotherapy avoids the necessity of everyday travel over long distances for daily treatment and the supports provided in our purpose built cancer support centre help men cope physically and psychologically with their cancer diagnosis.

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Cancer Care West, the West of Ireland Cancer Charity invites patients who have finished their cancer treatment to a day of information and support entitled ‘Life after Cancer: Living in the Now’ on Friday September 6. The conference will be opened by Dr Susan O’Reilly, National Director of the National cancer Control Programme. This event will take place at our Support Centre at 72 Seamus Quirke Road, Westside, Galway.

We would like to invite you to attend this day if you think it would be of interest to you. We will have speakers covering many topics, including: the physical and emotional impact of treatments on people, dietary issues and advice about how to begin or maintain and exercise regime to name just a few. The day consists of talks and a number of workshops on various aspects of living with cancer. The closing address will be given by Dr Maccon Keane, Consultant Medical Oncologist at Galway University Hospitals. Complimentary refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day. Parking is available at the centre. The day is free of charge. Places are limited to fifty. To register and find out more information, please call 091 540040 or email

Dublin and Castlebar Women’s Mini Marathons

Ladies – thank you to everyone who walked, ran, jogged or sprinted the women’s mini marathon 10K events in Castlebar in May and in Dublin in June. It is wonderful to see Cancer Care West so well represented in both the West of Ireland and on a national level in Dublin. The mini marathon continues to be one of Cancer Care West’s biggest fundraising events – and we appreciate your support very much. We hope to see you all again next year!

Inaugural Donegal to Galway Cycle raises €42,000 for Cancer Care West!

A huge thank you to all our participants, sponsors, donors and supporters – you did it!!

You helped us to beat our target of raising €30,000 for Inis Aoibhinn, Cancer Care West’s residential facility.

We couldn’t have achieved this without the wonderful support from everyone who got involved – from the 37 cyclists that tackled the 260K route from Donegal through Sligo, Ballina and Ballinrobe to Galway – to all the donors, fundraisers, suppliers, sponsors and family members that helped along the way.

This amazing donation will help Cancer Care West to fund and develop Inis Aoibhinn, which provides residential accommodation to so many cancer patients and their families from all over the West of Ireland.

Cancer Care West are offering you the chance to win a 1982 vintage Mini Cooper Car, an original Rick Lewis painting and many more fantastic prizes for only €5.

Richard Flaherty, Cancer Care West CEO, expressed his gratitude for all the fundraising efforts carried out by local communities and individuals, ‘We are grateful for the generosity of the companies that donated prizes for the raffle, As a not-for-profit organization, Cancer Care West relies on the generosity of others’, he said.

One lucky winner will drive away in the vintage Mini Cooper car when it is raffled later in the year, and there is a rare opportunity to own an original Rick Lewis painting, this world renowned artist has many people around the world collecting his works. Rick was commissioned to create several works of art as state gifts for many distinguished world leaders such as President George Bush, President Hillary and the King of Malaysia. Other prizes include Tesco vouchers,a television, mini breaks in Harvey’s Point and the McWilliam Park Hotel and pamper hampers from skincare company Seavite.

Remember, if you aren’t in, you can’t win!

The charity would also like to thank the volunteers who will help with ticket sales and promote the raffle – their support is much appreciated.

The raffle tickets will be on sale from the Cancer Care West residential facility Inis Aoibhinn and from their Support Centre on Seamus Quirke Road. Cancer Care West provides support to cancer patients and their families from all over the West of Ireland including counties Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Limerick , Mayo, North Tipperary, Roscommon and Sligo.

All of Cancer Care West’s services are provided at no cost to patients and their families and we rely heavily on charitable fundraising and donations to meet the cost of these services.

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Twelve Bens Challenge…..

On Saturday August 24th the Ballyconnelly fundraising group are organising a sponsored 12 Bens Challenge. The challenge is to climb 6 of the 12 Bens in one day. Located North East of Roundstone village, The Twelve Bens are a group of small mountains that are the dominant feature of the Connemara countryside. They are easily accessible from the N59 or from the villages of Letterfrack or Recess. While they are not particularly high, 730 metres being the highest peak, they provide excellent walking and climbing opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. They are very safe and you do not have to be an experienced climber to enjoy the wonderful scenery that you will be rewarded with. As with all hill walking, it is recommended to take precautions with safety and respect the lands upon which you are travelling through. To register for this event and receive a sponsorship card please contact David on 091-545000

Take a dip…..

The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim, now in its 8th year, will take place on Saturday,27th July 2013.The13km swim starts in Aughinish in Co. Clare and finishes at Blackrock tower in Salthill Galway. This year 50 individual swimmers with attempt to make the crossing along with 5 relay teams making it the biggest year ever. In 2012 €60,000 was rasied for Cancer Care West and the aim is to beat that this year. This year, like other years, the majority of the swimmers will be stepping in to Galway Bay at Auginish in Co. Clare in just their swimming togs, with a few in wet suits, hoping to land at the iconic Blackrock Diving Tower a few hours later. Training for this event has involved many hours swimming up and down in the swimming pool and also along the Salthill promenade in varying conditions, while trial swims have included swimming from Blackrock to Mutton Island and back, a distance of just over 5 kilometres – a little under half that of the Bay itself. Getting physically and mentally prepared for this type of swim is a huge challenge. The water temperature is approximately 15 degrees Celsius at this time of year and the mental strength needed to overcome this is paramount. The weather conditions are unpredictable and totally out of the swimmers hands. They will simply do their best to not disturb passing seals while trying to avoid the jellyfish and passing vessels! Speaking about the event, organiser Kevin Thornton said: “Interest has exploded this year with swimmers applying from all over the country and one making the trip all the way from Australia.

The GSOW is back for 2013 and will take place on Saturday 10th of August. The GSOW is a 125km charity cycle around the scenic surrounds of Connemara Co. Galway, with all proceeds going to Cancer Care West. Registration costs €35 and you can register online now. A special early bird rate of €25 is available until the end of June so sign up now to avail of the €10 discount The route will be Oughterard – Maam Cross – Clifden – Letterfrack – Kylemore – leenane – Maam valley – Maam Cross – Oughterard. Further information can be found on

We would like to thank The Doora Barefield Parish alongside organiser Carmel Kelleher for their event ‘Suil Linn’, over  €3000 was raised for the Cancer Care West Support Centre this year through a walk they do every January.

Join us this Saturday in Keogh’s of Ballyconnelly as they host a barn dance in aid of Cancer Care West..this and much more…

Waffle on about World’s Rarest Coffee

 It is renowned all over the world for its incredibly delicious, subtle, lingering flavour and exceptional smoothness, it is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by an animal, the Asian palm civet. It is also one of the rarest coffees in the world, it is referred to as the ‘rich mans coffee’ or simply, ‘Kopi Luwak’.

 ‘Mr.Waffle’ in Scholar’s Walk, Newcastle are hosting a coffee tasting charity fundraiser, the Kopi Luwak coffee tasting event of this rare and delicious coffee will see proceeds on the night going to Cancer Care West, the west of Ireland cancer charity. Mr Waffle will also donate fifty cent to Cancer Care West from each cup of in-house blend coffee sold for the month of June!

 “Kopi” the Indonesian word for coffee along with “luwak” is the local name of this animal which eats the raw red coffee beans. The civet digests the soft outer part of the coffee cherry, but does not digest the inner beans and excretes them, the internal digestion adds a unique flavour to the beans, removing the bitter flavour, the beans are then picked up by locals and sold. The world’s most expensive coffee beans can cost up to €50 per cup.

If you just want to try something special, this unique coffee tasting event is on June 26th @ 6pm in Mr Waffle.Spaces will be limited and booking is essential, attendance of the event is free but donations on the night can be made to CCW. Contact to secure a place. For the month of June Mr Waffle will also be offering one lucky customer the chance to win a supply of free coffee for a year, entry for the raffle is only €10 with the winner being announced in July. Again, all proceeds will go to Cancer Care West.

 Special thanks go to David Newman of Galway Bay Coffee for donating the coffee for this event.

It’s time to dust off the tux and dig out that diamond jewellery and enjoy a night at the casino and high class sophistication  – James Bond style !

Mission: Enjoy a casino themed event and raise money for Cancer Care West.

Date: On Saturday the 15th of June @ St Patricks Well,Boyle,County Roscommon.



As we finish our first quarter of 2013, we wanted to let you know what’s been going on in the support centre. In the last four months, over 550 people have attended the centre over 2,300 times. People come for lots of different reasons, including exercise class, art class, yoga mindfulness and cookery courses to mention but a few. As well as these classes, people also attend for oncology information to help them with possible side effects of treatment as well as psychological support and counselling.

Our exercise class now occurs twice per week as it has become so popular and beneficial to people living with a cancer diagnosis. In June we are planning a public talk on nutrition and cancer.

The central focus of all our services is the patient and their family. The diagnosis of cancer can be a very challenging life event and we recognise the need for psychological, emotional and practical support at all stages of the cancer journey, whether you are newly diagnosed, experiencing a recurrence or simply struggling to come to terms with the impact of cancer on your life. We also recognise the impact on families and in 2012 approximately one third of our clients were family members who needed support.

Later in the year, we will be hosting a day for cancer patients and families on living well with cancer. This day will take place in September and full details will be announced shortly.

If you would like to learn more about our services, all of which are free of charge please drop in or call our centre. We are open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm and on Friday from 9am to 4pm. Our number is 091 540040. Full details of our services can be found on

If you have been affected by prostate cancer, Cancer Care West would like to invite you to a Prostate Cancer Support meeting which will be held on Monday June 17 at in The Cancer Care West Support Centre at 72 Seamus Quirke Road, Westside,Galway.

The meeting is free of charge and all are welcome. For further information please call 091 540040.

The Cancer Care West Support Centre is hosting a public talk on Wednesday June 12th at 8pm.

This talk entitled ‘Nutrition for Cancer: Renew & Nourish your Body & Mind’ and will be given by Ms Maev Creaven, Nutritional Therapist. Maev regularly runs cookery classes at Cancer Care West for cancer patients and their families. The feedback from these courses has been extremely positive and this talk will be of interest to anyone living with cancer or caring for someone with cancer.

Please call the support centre if you require further information; 091 540040.



As part of the 2013 Tour de Conamara Cycling Festival, a Sportive Team Time Trial in aid of Cancer Care West will be held on Sunday the 26th of May. Categories in the 40km event include road club team, triathlon club team, non-race licence team, female team, corporate team, family team etc and there are prizes for each category. A team can have up to five cyclists and a minimum of three, with the time of the first three cyclists to count overall.

Entry is €100 per team and the entry fee will be donated directly to Cancer Care West.

Call Cancer Care West on 091 545000 or email for additional information.

Join the Cancer Care West Dublin Marathon 2013 team !

 Internationally known as the “friendly marathon”, the Dublin marathon is famous worldwide for the amazing reaction of the spectators that line the streets.  Why not join the Cancer Care West marathon team and participate on October the 28th 2013?

The course is largely flat and is a single lap, starting and finishing close to the City Centre. The start will be in Fitzwilliam Street Upper and the finish Line will be in Merrion Square North.

To receive your sponsorship pack please email; or call 091 545000

Galway Bay 10km & Half Marathon

The Galway Bay 10km & Half Marathon in aid of Cancer Care West started in 2003, and this year will be the 11th annual event.The event will take place on Saturday the 28th of September 2013.  Cancer Care West is appealing to all Galway Bay 10 and Galway Bay Half Marathon participants to help support the charity by running or walking in the event – or sponsoring someone who is participating. All the funds raised go to funding our residential and cancer support services for cancer patients and their families from the West of Ireland.

Contact Cancer Care West for further details: Sharon Fitzpatrick –  or 091 545000.

The Great Spin Out West is back for 2013 and will take place on Saturday 10th of August.
The GSOW is a 125km charity cycle around the scenic surrounds of Connemara Co. Galway, with all proceeds going to Cancer Care West. Registration will cost €35.

For additional information please contact David O Donnell on 091 545000 or email

The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim, now in its 8th year, will take place on Saturday,27th July 2013.The13km swim starts in Aughinish in Co. Clare and finishes at  Blackrock tower in Salthill Galway.

The mission is to provide an opportunity for interested swimmers to swim Galway Bay and in the process raise as much money as possible through fundraising efforts for Cancer Care West – the West of Ireland Cancer Charity.

The Connemara Golf Club are hosting their 1st ever walk/run 10km event this May Bank Holiday Monday May 6th 2013.Proceeds from this event are in aid of Cancer Care West.Walkers start @ 2pm and runners start @2.30pm.

Registration will be in the Clubhouse at 1pm.The entry fee for this event is only €20 and the clubhouse shower facilities will be available to all participants plus the clubhouse Bar & Restaurant open all day.

Well done to everyone that participated in the Clare Island 10km run/walk !

Please click here to view the results; Clare Island 10K Results Published

Donal O Shea, Clare Island 10K founder and organiser and Councillor Austin Francis O Malley present Helen Leonard with trophy for first female in Clare Island 10K.  Helen completed the tough course in a time of 42.11.


Donal O Shea, Clare Island 10K founder and organiser and Councillor Austin Francis O Malley present Paddy O Toole with trophy for first male in Clare Island 10K.  Paddy completed the tough course in a time of 37.42.

On your marks,get set, go !!


The 2nd annual Clare Island 10KM run/walk in aid of Cancer Care West took  place on Saturday, 27th April. The event was a huge success and a fantastic day was enjoyed by all who came to Clare Island to take part – whether they walked, ran or crawled around the 10K loop!

The Annual Galway Bay Sea Front May Day Health Walk In Aid Of Cancer Care West Will Take Place At 11am On Sunday 5th May 2013 , From  The Claddagh To Silver Strand Return (4 Miles Each Way). T Shirt, Medal And Refreshments For All Participants. For A Sponsorship Pack Call Cancer Care West  On 091-545000

To celebrate two years in business, Tyre Aware are donating €2 from every tyre it sells this month to Cancer Care West. Tyre Aware, the mobile tyre fitting, inspection and repair service company is teaming up with Cancer Care West to help raise awareness of the role of quality tyres in maintaining road safety while at the same time supporting the west of Ireland cancer charity with donations from its tyre sales. TyreAware’s founder and manager James Hastings says the company wants to give something back as a thank you to its customers – ‘Our business has gone from strength to strength since we started operating in 2011 and we wanted to mark our second birthday with support for Cancer Care West. We know that many of Cancer Care West’s patients have to travel long distances to Galway for their treatment, and like many people from the west, Cancer Care West is a charity that is close to our hearts. We provide a 24 hour, 7 day a week call out service for tyre related breakdowns, and will donate €2 to Cancer Care West from each tyre we sell this month’ he said.



TyreAware started operating in March 2011 with the goal of improving the safety of motorists and general road users by ensuring that they have good quality tyres.  TyreAware provides a mobile tyre fitting, inspection and repair service throughout Galway City and county, also covering North Clare and Ennis.  Tyre aware has a 24 hour call out service, available 7 days a week for tyre related breakdowns.

The Connemara Golf Club are hosting their 1st ever walk/run 10km event on the May Bank Holiday Monday May 6th 2013.Proceeds from this event are in aid of Cancer Care West.Walkers start @ 2pm and runners start @2.30pm.

Registration will be in the Clubhouse at 1pm.The entry fee for this event is only €20 and the clubhouse shower facilities will be available to all participants plus the clubhouse Bar & Restaurant open all day.


Síle Seoige enlists the help of Gráinne Seoige and Clodagh McKenna for ConnemarathonSile Seoige represented by Noel Kelly  

Síle Seoige will be supporting Cancer Care West in this year’s Connemara Marathon this April. Síle is organising a team of people including her sister Gráinne as well as Clodagh McKenna to take part in the marathon on April 7th next.

Síle is delighted to be taking part in the event: “I’m really looking forward to the half marathon. Cancer Care West is very close to my heart and I’m really excited about working with the charity in the coming weeks.

There’s only a month to go now though so I’m going to try to get in as much training as I can ahead of it! I’ve never run this distance before so it’ll be a big personal challenge for me but it’ll be great to go home to run the 13 miles through Connemara and of course we hope to raise lots of funds in the process too!

Organising a team to take part in the Connemarathon in support of Cancer Care West is a great way to raise the profile of the charity and highlight the brilliant work they do to support cancer patients and their families every day” she added.

To find out more about the charity or to make a donation contact Sharon Fitzpatrick at Cancer Care West on 091 545000 or donate online at

A Novelty table quiz in aid of Cancer Care West in the Copper Beech, Straide on Friday April 5th. Greats prizes and craic guaranteed !


Glentane St Stephen’s night fundraising committee present a cheque for €2,317 to Sharon Fitzpatrick of Cancer Care West.  The committee organised a fundraising music night at Ruane’s of Glentane,Ballinasloe there was no cover charge and all the proceeds were raised through voluntary donations and a raffle.   Cancer Care West would like to thank the fundraising committee, the Ruane family, Cyril Donnellan and everyone from the community that supported the event.

Photo left to right:

Glentane Stephens’ night fundraising committee members: Deirdre Lally, Kevin Moran, Tony o Connor, Sharon Fitzpatrick (Cancer Care West), Shane Ruane.  Absent from photo Sean Dunleavy.

A Pizza Party in aid of Cancer Care West will take place at GMIT,Galway on Tuesday the 26th of February at 12 noon. The event is kindly sponsored by Papa Johns. Slices of pizza only 50 cent !!

The East Galway Hunt hosted a charity ride in aid of Cancer Care West on Sunday March 10th.


Join the Cancer Care West ladies mini marathon team by taking part in the Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday – 3rd June. Walkers, joggers and runners all welcome to take part in this fantastic event which each year helps raise needed funds for Cancer Care West.

Entries to the mini marathon are online at and open on 20th February. To register for your Cancer Care West sponsorship pack just email us at or call us at 091 545000. Cancer Care West will have buses from Galway and Roscommon to Dublin on the day – free for all our Mini Marathon supporters!


The 2nd annual Clare Island 10KM run/walk in aid of Cancer Care West will take place on Saturday, 27th April. Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success and a fantastic day was enjoyed by all who came to Clare Island to take part – whether they walked, ran or crawled around the 10K loop!

Entry to this year’s event is now open, and there are a limited number of places available. The entry fee is €38, and this includes return ferry from Roonagh Pier, outside Louisburgh, on the day of the race. Tea/coffee before the race, water stations, post-race refreshments and race medal are also included in the entry fee.

All proceeds from the event are donated to Cancer Care West and the funding of our residential and cancer support services. You might like to do some fundraising as part of your participation in the event – it is not a requirement for participation, but we appreciate all the support you can give – Thank You. We hope to see you there!

Further information is available from Sharonat Cancer Care West - or by phoning 091 545000.




Members of the Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim presenting a cheque for €58,000 to Cancer Care West the proceeds from the 2012 Galway Bay Swim. 38 swimmers swam Galway Bay a total of 13km in aid of Cancer Care West. The 2013 Swim will take place on July 27th 2013 from Aughinish, Co Clare to Blackrock in Salthill


The Millview in Stranorlar will host a fundraising dance in aid of Cancer Care West on Friday March 1st. Tickets only €5 and music is by Trevor Loughrey and Guests.


Why not dance the night away in aid of Cancer Care West ? There is a fundraising dance in aid of Cancer Care West in the Millview, Stranorlar on Friday 1st March at 9pm. Music by Trevor Loughrey and Guests. Tickets €5 and are available on the door.

The Cancer Care West Support Centre is hosting a number of talks over the next three
months.On Thursday January 31, Ms Heather Miller, who has a master’s degree in Dietetics is giving a talk entitled
‘Maintaining good nutrition during cancer treatment’. Heather is an advanced nutrition advisor with Nutrica. This talk would be of interest to any patients who have completed treatment or are currently undergoing
treatment. This talk is free of charge and all are welcome. The talk takes place at 7.30pm at Cancer Care West Support centre at 72 Seamus Quirke Road, Westside,Galway. Further information available at 091 540040.
Over the next few months, further talks will take place on coping with Head and Neck cancers and also a talk on the value of exercise in coping with cancer. Details on these talks will be published shortly.

The Western Society of Chartered Accountants (Galway) present the proceeds of their Christmas party charity auction to Cancer Care West.

From left: Shane O Mahony, Sharon Fitzpatrick (Cancer Care West), Donal Leahy and Michael Flaherty.

On Stephens night last year Karma club Galway ran a night in aid of Cancer care west, the theme was Christmas Fancy Dress and not only did people have great fun getting dressed up but it was for a great cause.


Cancer care west is a not for profit, charity dedicated to supporting those whose lives have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. They enhance patient wellbeing and provide supports to cancer patients and their families during and after their treatment. “Cancer Care West provide such an essential  service to the people of the west ofIrelandwhose lives have been affected by cancer so we wanted to do something to support their efforts. The turnout on the night was fantastic and we are grateful to our customers for helping us raise funds for such an important charity” said Jessica Brennan , marketing manager for Karma  night club. Photos from the night are available on karma Galways facebook page.


This Valentines why not have a romantic evening in aid of a worthy cause?
Love will be in the air at the Valentines Charity Ball in The Raheen Woods Hotel in Athenry.

Cancer Care West have been nominated a number of guaranteed entries for the Connemara International Marathon 2013.
The Connemara International Marathon is a day of road running/racing around a very scenic part of the West of Ireland.

Comprising of a Half Marathon, a Full Marathon and an on-road Ultra Marathon (39.3 miles) all taking place on the one day on April 7th 2013.

The 2012 event was a sell out with over 3,300 entries with representation from 29 Countries.

These entries cost €250 and can be booked directly with Cancer Care West.

For further information please contact Sharon Fitzpatrick at Cancer Care West
00 353 (0)91 545000
00 353 (0)87 9120853

Not sure what to do St Stephens night ? Karma nightclub in Galway are hosting a charity night in aid of Cancer Care West – so…you get to have a good night out and all in aid of a good cause too …

Mountbellew Golf Club present Cancer Care West with  adonation of €3,815 from fundraising golf open day and bbq Left to Right:

Gerry T Flaherty, President Mountbellew Golf Club, Patricia Burke, Marguerite Hughes, Sharon Fitzpatrick, Cancer Care West, Basil King, Captain, Mountbellew Golf Club

The 2nd Annual ‘Come Dine With Me – Battle of the Chefs’ event took place in November in The Salthill Hotel and what transformed was a culinary battlefield with Galway’s top chefs competing to prepare the best dish for the ‘Come Dine With Me’ event. Proceeds in aid of the event went to four local charities; Console, Voices for Down Syndrome Galway, Cancer Care West and The Corrib Lions Club..many thanks to the oraganisers of the event for making it such a wonderful success.

Pictured at a presentation of the proceeds from the recent Kenneth Webb demonstration and auction which was in The Alcock and Brown Hotel,Clifden held last September are left to right: Richard Flaherty chief executive Cancer Care West ,Sara Sue McNeill DA,FILS artist ,Declan Maher proprietor of The Alcock and Brown Hotel,Kenneth Webb ATD(hons),RWA,FRSA artist, .Following the auction, a two week exhibition entitled ‘Kenneth Webb and Friends – half a century’ was held in the Alcock and Brown Hotel, Clifden.

The exhibition included a collection of paintings by Webb which were recently shown in W.H. Patterson’s of London. The exhibition was held as part of the 35th Annual Clifden Arts Festival and 10 % of all paintings sold at the two week exhibition went to Cancer Care West, the West of Ireland Cancer Charity.

Award-winning quartet WeBanjo3 from Galway, Ireland combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race.

Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today.

Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion We Banjo 3 make a bold and extraordinary musical statement. Creativity, sensitivity and passion are present in full measure and Irish music is at the heart of what they play. WeBanjo3′s debut album ‘Roots of the Banjo Tree’ has been nominated for Irish Times Album of the Year.

Collectively, WeBanjo3 have been at the forefront of Irish banjo and fiddle for 2 decades. Their competitive success is unrivalled, Martin holding 7 All Ireland titles, Enda with 4, while Fergal and David hold All Ireland titles on Banjo, Fiddle, Bodhran and Guitar.

Enda has recorded and toured with the best of the best including The Chieftains, Frankie Gavin, Stockton’s Wing, Grammy-winner Ricky Skaggs and “Instrumental Band of the Decade” The Brock McGuire Band. Fergal has performed with David Munnelly, Martin O’Connor and Kevin Crawford and has toured the world with Ragus and Celtic Legends. Martin was the very first Irish banjo player to perform at the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville and David is fast building a reputation for his deep, muscular singing.

WeBanjo 3 play with swing and soul, effortlessly combining the best of Irish and Bluegrass banjo music and song, mining the rich vein of the American Old Time tradition and thoroughly reinventing the banjo band sound. Modern rhythms, traditional melodies, virtuosic technique and innovative arrangements of music and song add up to an incredible feast of banjo and mandolin music – guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping.

They have released a Charity Christmas single ‘ Deck the Halls with Lot’s Of Banjos’ and all proceeds will go to Cancer Care West.

See below for details on the band, any promotion you can give to the single would be greatly appreciated!




Phone:  087 6695731

Members of the Great Spin Out West committee presenting €8,000 to Cancer Care West.

The GSOW was a 125km charity cycle around the scenic surrounds of Connemara Co. Galway, all proceeds from the event went to Cancer Care West.

Left to Right – Niall Bishop ( Oranmore ), David O’Donnell (Cancer Care West), Colm Kelleher and Pierce Butler ( Oranmore ).


Pictured Left to right: Richard Flaherty, Cancer Care West, Padraig Scarry, Des McLoughlin, Adrian McKiernan, David Watson, Sharon Fitzpatrick Cancer Care West, Patsy Kilgannon, Seamus Brady and Gary Collins. Members of Team Freewheelers, who completed the L’Etape de Tour – a 201K stage of the Tour de France with 4 major climbs last July, presenting a cheque for over €22,000 to Sharon Fitzpatrick of Cancer Care West *******About L’Etape de Tour Event for Cancer Care West ********* Leukaemia and cancer are conditions that have touched the lives of many Irish families. With an incidence of one in three, there are few people who haven’t had some experience of cancer.  Whether it’s a friend or a neighbour, or like Des Mc Loughlin, a close family member, the impact is often devastating to all those concerned. In order to show his support to Cancer Care West and their devoted service to cancer patients and families, Boyle native Des McLoughlin decided to organize a challenge of epic proportions; to take on the toughest stage of the Tour De France – the L’Etape du Tour, in the Pyrenees.   A group of sixteen people came together, six from Galway, seven from Boyle, Co. Roscommon and three from Dublin, to face the two day challenge, which ran from Saturday the 14th until Monday the 16th of July. Cancer Care West is a charity that provides a complete service of care to people affected by Cancer in the West of Ireland. They support hundreds of families with a “home from home” philosophy, ensuring that people who suffer from Cancer are cared for in a safe and comfortable environment while receiving radiotherapy treatment in the Cancer Centre for Excellence in UCH, Galway.

Members of the Renmore Set Dancers who collected €4170 for Cancer Care West from the annual set dancing on Shop Street.

6 October 2012

Galway Bay 10K and Galway Bay Half Marathon – 6 October 2012
Join us for the annual Galway Bay 10K and Galway Bay Half Marathon fundraising events in aid of Cancer Care West.

This will be the 10th year of the Galway Bay 10K and we are planning a huge event this year.

Contact Sharon for further information and early registration –



A huge thank you to all the Cloonfad ladies that participated in the West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon in May and raised over €3,700 in aid of Cancer Care West.

The West of Ireland’s Women’s Mini Marathon and the Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon are hugely important sources of funding for Cancer Care West – thank you to all the ladies who took part and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

On Sunday the 16th of September 2012, a Honda 50 fundraising run will take place in aid of Cancer Care West.

All bikes big and small welcome. Registration at St.Nathy’s Hall, Streamstown, Lavagh, Co.Sligo @ 10.30am and the run will depart at 12pm.

Helmets m be worn. No Helmet, No Run!

For more information contact:

Leo 0874184102

John 0872280240

Johnny 0877694844

email or log on to

Cancer Care West, the West of Ireland cancer charity and Galway GAA have launched a new cancer awareness campaign called “Catch it Early”. The campaign will feature a website link appearing on the Galway Football and Galway Hurling website and will be rolled out to all other county Galway clubs that have a website. The website will provide information on various types of cancers along with possible causes, treatments and symptoms to be aware of along with suggestions for coping with a cancer diagnosis.

Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive of Cancer Care West, Richard Flaherty said

“There have been huge advances in the treatment of cancer and thankfully most cancer sufferers will successfully overcome the disease but the key is early detection. We hope that it will encourage people to take preventative action by improving their lifestyle and to seek medical help as soon as possible if they have a worrying symptom. The Damien Burke story is a great example of how cancer can hit someone young and fit but when detected and treated early cancer can be conquered and a person can return to full health. By having the link on the Galway GAA websites we hope that when people are checking the site for their clubs results and fixtures they might also click on the link and become more informed about cancer, it could save their life.

The site also contains information on strategies for coping with a cancer diagnosis and describes the services provided at the Cancer Care West Support Centre on Seamus Quirke Road for cancer sufferers and their families.

A phone app is also being developed for the campaign.

Galway Football Manager Alan Mulholland is very much behind the campaign and said, “The management and players are delighted to be associated with this great initiative between Cancer Care West and Galway GAA.”

Cancer Care West is the official charity partner of Galway Football and their logo appears on the front of the County jerseys for the previous and current season.

To view this campaign please view or

Further Press Information:

Gwen O’ Sullivan Communications

E:  gwencommunications@gmail.comT: +353 87 6601592

If you are over 18 years of age and are currently receiving treatment for cancer (or have recently received treatment – in the past twelve months or so), or are caring for somebody who has cancer, we invite you to take part in this important survey looking at the practical, everyday needs of people with cancer, and their families/caregivers.

The survey is confidential and anonymous, and should take about 10 minutes to complete.

Your participation will provide us with very valuable information that will help us to improve the support services that are provided for patients with cancer and their families/carers.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

To access the survey:

If you are a patient with cancer, click here

if you are family member or carer of a person with cancer, click here

Step it out on Inishbofin in aid of Cancer Care West

Inishbofin located just 10km off the coast of Co. Galway is renowned for its many idyllic and picturesque qualities. The islands’ Loop Walks are an adventurous and peaceful way to take in the beautiful sites and views around the island and its five villages, West Quarter, Fawnmore, Middle Quarter, Cloonamore and Knock.

On Sunday the 5th of August the second annual Inishbofin Loop Walks will take place in aid of Cancer Care West.   Walkers, runners and joggers of all abilities are welcome to participate in either the 8 or 16 kilometre trek of the island, and sponsorship cards are provided to each entrant to help fundraise for the event.  Following the Loop Walk challenge, a buffet dinner along with entertainment will take place in the Dolphin Hotel on Sunday evening. All participants taking part in the walk who raise €100 will receive a free ticket to the evening’s festivities.

Sharon Fitzpatrick of Cancer Care West said “ The Inishbofin Loop Walks are a wonderful way to take in all that the picturesque Island of Inishbofin has to offer and by fundraising for Cancer Care West, participants are enabling us to fund our cancer support services, which are provided to cancer patients and their families at no cost. ‘

Cancer Care West provides a complete service of care to people affected by Cancer in the West of Ireland. Through their support centre and their residence Inis Aoibhinn, Cancer Care West supports hundreds of families each year throughout their cancer experience. Their aim as a charity is to enhance patient care and well being and to provide support to cancer patients and their families during and after their treatments.

If you would like to take part in the Inishbofin Loop Walks and support Cancer Care West and its services, contact Rita Burke on 087 9680514 or Brenda Burke on 087 6101839, or contact Cancer Care West at 091545000/ For more information about Cancer Care West and its support services and facilities, log on , find them on Facebook  or follow them on Twitter @cancercarewest.

Vinnie Clarke presents the proceeds from the Mike Clarke Memorial Cup to Cancer Care West. Left to right, David O’Donnell, Cancer Care West, Vinnie Clarke, Event Organiser and Teresa Nash, Cancer Care West.

Members of the Renmore Set Dancers present a cheque to David O’Donnell, Cancer Care West from the proceeds of their annual set dancing street collection on Shop St, Galway.

Members of the Renmore Set Dancers present a cheque to David O’Donnell, Cancer Care West from the proceeds of their annual set dancing street collection on Shop St, Galway.

Book and Bake Sale hosted by Abbott Sligo on Friday 17th February 2012 in aid of Cancer Care West.

Fundraising Dance in the Talk of the Town Bar, Bangor Erris, Co Mayo on the 7th of April @10:30pm, Music by Cheers Band.

Course 1: Writing for Wellbeing: An introduction to the methods of Therapeutic Writing for people living with cancer.

Writing about issues in our lives has been shown to have positive effects on physical and mental health.

And it’s free, it’s over the counter and all you need is a pen and notebook.

This eight week course provides participants with an introduction to the methods and practice of Therapeutic Writing.

The course takes place on Wednesday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 from Wednesday 1st February 2012 and is led by clinical psychologist and writer, Patricia McAdoo.

Course 2: Mindfulness as a way of coping with cancer.
Are you struggling with anxious thoughts and feelings following your diagnosis and treatment for cancer? If so, this course may be the ideal way to take control of your life. Mindfulness is a rapidly growing evidence based way of reducing stress, pain and illness. The mindfulness course offered at the Support Centre is a standardized 8 week programme now offered at many health, work and education settings globally. A core principle of the programme is the intentional management of attention and awareness.
Mindfulness works through anchoring awareness in the ‘here and now’, in the present moment. Through the practice of meditation several key skills are developed which are vital to combating stress in our daily lives.

The application of mindfulness to people living with cancer has been shown to significantly reduce mood and concentration problems as well as reducing the symptoms of stress. Participants in previous courses also report a heightened sense of enjoyment in life following the 8 week programme.

Both courses will take places at: Cancer Care West Support Centre, 72 Seamus Quirke Road, Westside, Galway.

Booking is required for both courses which are free of charge.
Further information and booking enquiries to 091 540040 or

Fantastic Fundraising Weekend in aid of Cancer Care West for all the family 2nd to 4th March. Featuring Texas Holdem Poker Competition, Fundraising Dance and a Kids Fun Day.

The Corrib Lions Club present the proceeds from their annual sponsored swim to Cancer Care West. Left to right Colman Collins(Corrib Lions Club), Michelle Whelan Kennedy (President Corrib Lions Club) and Gerry Staunton (Director Cancer Care West).

Table Quiz in aid of Cancer Care West in Holohan’s Bar Abbey on Wednesday February 8th at 9.30pm. Tables of 4 are €20.

Charity Tug of War in Ballinasloe February 18th.

Mayo & Galway 2 day cycle event – 21 & 22 April 2012

This exciting two day cycle event will start and finish in Swinford and will pass through many of Mayo and Galway’s towns including Castlebar, Westport, Claremorris, Tuam and Headford.

Participants will stay overnight in Galway before cycling back to Swinford the next day.  Approximate distance 250K.

It will be possible to join the cycle for a stage if you don’t want to tackle the entire distance!

Sponsorship cards and further information from Sharon at Cancer Care West –