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Support The Mercy University Hospital (MUH)

Updated: Apr 14, 2020

The Positive Blog supports the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) and its fundraising arm, the Mercy Foundation. Our #FrontlineHeroes need any support you can give so please donate what you can & assist world class medical professionals working in the heart of Cork City. This is also about family as my sister, Deirdre O'Connor, has worked in the Mercy University Hospital for over 20 years. We are very proud of her commitment and the commitment of all her colleagues to the patients of the Mercy University Hospital!

The Mercy Foundation

Set up in 2007, the Mercy Foundation is responsible for developing charitable opportunities and encouraging contributions from the community so as to enhance the great work already being carried out by the Mercy University Hospital.

The Mercy Foundation has Triple Lock Status with the Charities Institute of Ireland. This ensures the Foundation actively demonstrate openness, transparency and integrity to beneficiaries and donors and that the charity operates to triple lock standard namely: transparent reporting, good fundraising and governance.

Fundraising has had a transformative impact on the Hospital. In 2018, over €740,000 in funding was made available to current and future patient centred projects at The Mercy. This included funding for facilities, support services and equipment as well as medical research programmes. 100% of the funds were raised through the generosity of the public as well as through partnerships, grants & legacies.

For the Mercy Foundation visit:

Also see this video:

History of The Mercy University Hospital (MUH)

The oldest part of the Mercy Hospital was built between 1764-1767, originally as the Mansion House for the Mayor of Cork. Later it became an educational establishment before becoming the Mercy Hospital on the 17th of March 1857, when the Sisters of Mercy established a hospital for the sick and poor of the city. The Mercy University Hospital originally contained only 40-beds, but has since grown to its current number of over 300.

Today, MUH occupies 16 acres in Cork’s city centre, treats over 137,000 patients and has a visitor footfall of approximately 50,000 people per annum. Its annual operating budget is in excess of €120m. MUH has over 1,200 staff providing complex diagnostic, medical and surgical care with strong academic and research programmes. The hospital is also a teaching hospital affiliated with University College Cork (UCC) for both undergraduate and postgraduate education.

For More Information:

MUH Webpage:

When it comes to supporting the Mercy Foundation, there are a range of options:

1. Become A Mercy Star

Your school could become a Mercy Star this year by organising a fundraiser. The Mercy Stars is an event to recognise those individuals, teams, and fundraising volunteers who go the extra mile for patients and colleagues at The Mercy University Hospital. The awards are a celebration of all that is great about our fundraising volunteers and the staff behind the Mercy University Hospital’s exceptional care for patients and their families. When schools fundraise for the hospital, their efforts make a big difference to the work MUH carries out. Each year, the hospital recognises a school that has gone above and beyond by awarding them a Special Recognition Mercy Star.

For more, see:

2. Carry Out Your Own Fundraising

If you would like to hold your own fundraising event MUH would love to hear from you. There are so many things you could do to raise money for the Hospital: a coffee morning, a bag pack, a sponsored walk, a street collection etc.

For more, see:

3. Trek for The Mercy

Take on one of these amazing treks this year and raise funds for The Mercy Hospital. Your support would be life-saving, life-enhancing, and life changing! MUH is linked to Earth’s Edge who have some amazing treks available for the thrill seeker in you that yearns to lace up the hiking boots and see some of the world’s most beautiful sights.

For more, see:

4. Volunteers Needed

MUH is incredibly important to Munster and is always looking for new groups and individuals to come on board to help with collections and no doubt MUH would be delighted to hear from you.

For more, see:

5. A-Z Of FundRaising

For an extensive list of fundraising activities see the following link:

6. Donate Directly

To donate directly see:

In this truly unique period, with #Covid19 raging across the globe, the staff at the Mercy University Hospital need your support more than ever. With many charities in existence, it is understandable that you may feel there are simply too many competing demands, if however, you are in a position to give something, no matter how big or small, then please consider giving to the Mercy Foundation as the hospital is working through the most extraordinary circumstances, not seen in over 100 years.

Thank you!



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