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Cliona’s Foundation announce special guests for Resilience and Resolve Networking Breakfast 2024



Clionas Foundation unique Resilience and Resolve-themed Networking Breakfast will take place on Thursday 25th January. Author Donal Ryan, Maria O’Gorman Skelly ( The Strand) Brendan Ring ( Cliona’s ) and Dermot Fehily ( The Strand ) launch Cliona’s Resilience and Resolve Networking Breakfast.

A unique Resilience and Resolve-themed Networking Breakfast in aid of Clionas Foundation will take place on Thursday 25th January

A unique Resilience and Resolve-themed Networking Breakfast in aid of Clionas Foundation will take place on Thursday 25th January
Author Donal Ryan and Brendan Ring ( Cliona’s ) pictured at the launch of Cliona’s Resilience and Resolve Networking Breakfast

A panel featuring some incredible people will take part in a unique Resilience and Resolve themed Networking Breakfast in aid of Cliona’s Foundation. Author Donal Ryan joined Cliona’s co-founders Brendan and Terry Ring at The Strand Hotel Limerick to launch the event which will take place on Thursday 25th January.

Caroline Currid will also take part in the panel on the morning of the 25th. Caroline is a renowned Irish sports psychologist winning seven All Ireland medals while working with just 4 teams. Joining Caroline is well known Irish activist and journalist Joanne O’Riordan.  

Attendees will also enjoy the privilege of listening to author Donal Ryan. He has published six novels and one short story collection. All of his novels have been number one bestsellers in Ireland.




Cliona’s are promising an inspiring morning for all attendees. Tickets include a delicious breakfast in the fabulous surrounds of the Strand hotel. This event offers an opportunity to network with other businesses and a chance to hear from some truly remarkable people. Registration begins at 7am and breakfast will be served at 7:30am sharp.

Speaking about the event Donal said “I have huge respect for the work that Cliona’s do. I see a real connection between what Cliona’s are doing to help families in need and the theme of this unique event. Brendan and Terry have shown incredible resilience and resolve themselves, founding Cliona’s after the devastating loss of their daughter, and continuing this work to this day is remarkable. I am looking forward to sharing stories and insights on the day with the other panellists”  

Cliona’s have been helping families in Limerick, in the Mid-West and all over Ireland, since 2008. To date the foundation has provided financial assistance for almost 1,300 families. Families with sick children are often disproportionately affected by situations out of their control.

These are parents who are in a living nightmare and the last thing they should have to worry about are bills. Many parents must give up their jobs to care for their sick child leaving them struggling to cope. Studies have highlighted that a family will need between €10,000 and €15,000 a year to cover various non-medical costs while their child is ill.

Speaking about the importance of fundraising events for the organisation, Co-Founder and voluntary CEO of Cliona’s Brendan Ring said “So many of these families experienced, and continue to experience, the significant non-medical costs of caring for a child with a life-limiting condition. It has never been more urgent to work even harder for the “forgotten families of Ireland” that Cliona’s work with. Simply by supporting our events you are helping families who are in a real crisis, so I am encouraging everyone to join us for an inspirational morning in remarkable company on Thursday January 25th at the Strand hotel, Limerick.

Cliona’s Foundation distributed €502,328 this year. A record breaking amount again which sees a 60% increase in applications compared to 2022.To learn more and to help please visit or tune in to the two-part documentary “Ireland’s Forgotten Families” which is readily available on our website.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.