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Paul O Connell will be supporting Ireland with IHF Big Rugby Brunch

The Big Rugby Brunch: Paul O’Connell will be supporting Ireland with a Big Brunch and call on everyone to join in.

Paul O Connell will be supporting Ireland with IHF Big Rugby Brunch

This month, as all eyes turn to Japan for the Rugby World Cup, where Paul O’Connell will be supporting Ireland with a Big Brunch! He has joined up with the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and is calling on everyone in Ireland to join in, sign up to host a Rugby Brunch with friends and family and cheer Ireland on!

The Big Rugby Brunch campaign was created by the Irish Hospice Foundation to help support its end-of-life and bereavement care programmes and services. They are asking people to host a Big Rugby Brunch during the World Cup, September 20- November 2. The matches will be shown in the mornings, so why not organise a brunch for family, friends or colleagues either at home, at your local club or at work?  






Paul O’Connell, Irish and Munster legend, is looking for supporters to answer the call, “While you’re supporting our lads in Japan, you can also be doing your part to support end-of-life care in Ireland. Pick any game and invite your friends, family or colleagues around for a tasty brunch and ask them to make a donation to a great cause.”

Money raised will go towards the IHF’s work, including the Nurses for Night Care service for people with non-cancer related illnesses. The service provides nursing care, practical supports and reassurance for people and their families in the last days of their lives at home. Demand for Nurses for Night Care has already increased by 20% in 2019.

Helen McVeigh, Director of Fundraising at the IHF, said ‘Through Nurses for Night Care, we are able to support over 600 families every year all over Ireland. Our vital programme also supports children, adults, families, and staff in hospitals, nursing homes and residential care settings across the country. By hosting an IHF Big Rugby Brunch, you will make such a difference to people approaching the end of their lives and those grieving their loss.’

When you register to host an IHF Big Brunch, you will receive a special fundraising pack with invitations, poster, a collection box, and information about the work of the IHF. It couldn’t be easier – choose your match and remember, brunch can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.

About the Irish Hospice Foundation:

The Irish Hospice Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. 80 people die every day in Ireland and the IHF believes everyone has the right to be cared for and to die with dignity and respect in their care setting of choice. Its mission is to strive for the best end-of-life and bereavement care for all. The IHF campaigns to make excellence in hospice practices, bereavement, and end-of-life care a national priority and to stimulate the conversation about dying and bereavement in Ireland.

About Nurses for Night-care:

Nurses for Night Care enables people with diseases like dementia, motor-neuron disease, advanced respiratory disease, heart failure, and end-stage kidney disease to receive expert care and support at night in their own homes in their final days. In partnership with the Irish Cancer Society.

To register for your free IHF Big Rugby Brunch, visit here.

If you would like further information, contact the IHF Fundraising Team on 01 679 3188 or at

For more stories on Paul O’Connell visit here.


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