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Network Ireland Limerick announce year long partnership with Cliona’s Foundation



Network Ireland Limerick Clionas partnership – Brendan Ring, Cliona’s Foundation, and Caragh O’Shea, the newly appointed president of Network Ireland Limerick pictured above. 

Network Ireland Limerick announce year long partnership with Cliona’s Foundation

By I Love Limerick correspondent Mary Caroline McCarthy

Network Ireland Limerick Clionas partnership

Terry Ring, Phil Deegan and Brendan Ring from Cliona’s with Caragh and Shane Dowling, Cliona’s Brand Ambassador.






Network Ireland Limerick has announced a year-long partnership with Cliona’s Foundation.

Caragh O’Shea, the newly appointed president of Network Ireland Limerick chose Cliona’s as their charity partner for 2021 having worked with the charity on several events in the past.

Network Ireland Limerick was established in 1983 and is a progressive, dynamic organisation supporting the professional and personal development of women. Network Ireland Limerick is a non-profit, voluntary organisation that aims to provide a forum where professional women can exchange ideas and increase business contacts.

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.

Network Ireland Limerick will aim to raise additional funds to support the charity in continuing the monumental work they do. Certain events throughout the year will have a fundraising element and all monies raised will be sent directly to the charity. The women in the business network are also encouraging members to take part in Cliona’s January Challenge #5Kaday, where participants are asked to walk, run, or cycle 5km a day for each day of January then donate whatever you can through their GoFundMe.

This event takes place for the whole thirty-one days in January. Cliona’s Foundation would encourage you all to adhere to all public health advice and guidelines when taking part in this fundraising activity.


Brendan Ring, Co-founder and CEO of Cliona’s Foundation, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as Charity Partner by this fantastic network for a platform to raise awareness of the work we do not only to network but also the other Network country. The Limerick Network led by their President Caragh O’Shea and committee is a very dynamic and proactive group of professionals and we are really looking forward to working with them for the next twelve months.” Network Ireland Limerick Clionas partnership

“Covid has been challenging for everyone and in particular Charities. While we have experienced unbelievable generosity and support in 2020 but we do expect 2021 to be even more challenging despite there being some light at the end of the tunnel. Partnerships like this generate awareness but also funds that are extremely important to enable us to continue helping families of seriously sick children.”

“We are also hoping that members might participate in the #5kaday challenge which was initiated by Graham Burns of CPL for Cliona’s. Graham is encouraging people to get out and walk, jog, or cycle 5km each day for January, share their experience by tagging us and using that same hashtag, and then if possible make a donation to our GoFundMe. A fantastic way to start the year and an incentive to get out, get headspace, and get moving.”


To donate to Cliona’s GoFundMe, go HERE

For more about Network Ireland Limerick, go HERE

For more stories on Cliona’s Foundation, go HERE

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