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Kind hearted Limerick man Mark Boylan donates to Cliona’s Foundation



Mark Boylan pictured above with his donation cheque

Kind hearted Limerick man Mark Boylan donates to Cliona’s Foundation

By I Love Limerick correspondent Mary Caroline McCarthy

The generosity of 20 year old Limerick man Mark Boylan is really inspiring. Kind hearted Mark decided that all tips he received during the month of December from the customers of The Savoy Hotel in Limerick would be donated to Limerick based charity Cliona’s Foundation. 


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This is a huge sacrifice given that Mark like many in the hospitality sector was out of work for several months. His personality and the quality of his customer service is reflected in the fantastic amount of €2,500 he handed over to Cliona’s Foundation recently.

20-year-old Mark was raised in Limerick and has been working at the five-star Savoy Hotel for the last two years. Mark was diagnosed with Alopecia at a very young age which returned during the first lockdown. He was bullied due to this condition from a young age and left school as a result without finishing his exams. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as he joined The Savoy Hotel family and found a true passion for the hospitality industry.  Mark has just started a new hospitality role with the So Hotels Ireland group. 

Cliona’s Foundation is a national charity with their office in Limerick that provides financial assistance directly to parents of children with life-limiting or chronic complex care needs across Ireland to help with the non-medical expenses related to caring for their child. The foundation was set up by Brendan and Terry Ring, following the death of their daughter Cliona, from an inoperable brain tumour in 2006 aged 16.

Charities like Cliona’s rely on the kindness of people like Mark to enable them to do their essential work and support families in need.  

When speaking to Mark on his motivation for such a generous donation he said, “This whole year with the Covid-19 pandemic has been a tough year for everyone and I have always heard great things about Cliona’s Foundation. So, I just decided to give something back to those that need it most and I just think we should be grateful for what we have. I thought of the idea as I know December is the busiest time of the year for hotels so every cent I made in tips during December went to the worthy cause of Cliona’s Foundation.”

Well done Mark you are a credit to Limerick! 

For more on Cliona’s Foundation, go HERE

For more stories on Cliona’s Foundation, go HERE

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.