Nominated Charities 2020

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services is a voluntary organisation founded in 1974 to provide supports to women survivors of domestic abuse and their children across Limerick City and County.

In 2016, ADAPT supported over 800 women and 250 children affected by domestic abuse.


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ADAPT runs the largest refuge in the country, providing emergency accommodation for women and children who have to leave their homes due to domestic abuse. ADAPT provides 24-hour helpline support on 1800-200-504, in addition to one-to-one support, support groups, court accompaniment services and educational opportunities for women survivors of domestic abuse.

ADAPT also provides a range of supports for children and young people who have lived with domestic abuse, including a play therapy service.



Barnardos’ mission is to deliver services and work with families, communities, and our partners to transform the lives of vulnerable children who are affected by adverse childhood experiences.

The Barnardos strategy for 2019-2021 will build on our past service developments and strengths which have ensured high-quality service provision. It incorporates current research and thinking on the impact of trauma and childhood adversity, both during childhood and across their lifespan. Our commitment to prevention and early intervention and our long term objectives out to 2037 remain unchanged. What is new is the introduction and implementation of a trauma-informed approach in our work.


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Barnardos aspiration is to become a leader in the field of trauma-informed work with vulnerable children and families. This means bringing a holistic mind, body and heart approach to our work and draws on recent progress in the understanding of human development and how the brain works.

This aspiration is underpinned by a promise to help vulnerable children overcome adverse experiences, have happier childhoods and achieve better outcomes for them and their families.

Breast Cancer Ireland

Breast Cancer Ireland is a registered charity (CHY 19926) established to raise significant funding to support ongoing pioneering research programmes nationally as well as to promote education and awareness on the importance of good breast health amongst women of all ages.  With 1 in 9 women being diagnosed in their lifetime, we would be delighted if you chose to run for them.


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Cliona’s Foundation

Cliona’s Foundation based in Roselawn House in the National Technology Park was founded in 2007 by Brendan & Terry Ring following the death of their daughter Cliona at the age of 15 after many years of treatment for an inoperable brain tumour

During Cliona’s s period of illness and treatment, they met parents struggling financially with the hidden costs of looking after their sick child and saw at first-hand the enormous toll it took on these families, already struggling to cope with the nightmare of having a seriously ill child.


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Cliona’s Foundation provides financial assistance to families of children with a life-limiting illness to help them with the multiple non-medical costs of caring for their child. These costs can range from accommodation, transport, food, car parking fees, childcare cost to specialist home care equipment and in some cases even funeral expenses.  Non-medical expenses, particularly for parents outside Dublin who have to travel to visit their child in a hospital in the capital, can run to as much as €160 a day.

Cliona’s Foundation is the only Charity providing this type of assistance across all life-limiting conditions from birth up to the age of 16 years of age.

During the past 9 years, Cliona’s Foundation has supported approx. 387 families across 29 counties.

The Foundation receives no state support and all funds are generated as a result of various fundraising events, and corporate and public donations.

At any one point, there are approx. 4,000 children with a life-limiting illness in Ireland. With an additional 400, seriously ill children are diagnosed every year. Cliona’s Foundation challenge is to continue to support their families and increase the level of support and the number of families it can help.

Daughters of Charity Limerick

The Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services provides supports to persons with an intellectual disability in the Dublin, Limerick and North Tipperary/Offaly areas.  Each area is funded separately by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and operates autonomously in the daily delivery of services.  The Chief Executive Officer and Executive Team manage the overall service with the help and support of regional and local managers in Dublin, Limerick and North Tipperary/Offaly Regions.


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Limerick Animal Welfare

We aim to promote the humane treatment of all animals, working towards a more compassionate society. We believe in educating young people about responsible pet ownership.


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Our Sanctuary is situated at Moorestown, Kifinane, Co. Limerick. The Sanctuary buildings now accommodate dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, goats, pigs, donkeys birds and wildlife. However, we are struggling to complete our administration building which will comprise, offices, Veterinary clinic and rehoming facilities for dogs and cats. Limerick Animal Welfare is a registered charity, caring for abandoned & neglected animals.

We have a No Kill Policy and we provide a safe haven for unwanted or abandoned animals across Limerick city and county until we find responsible, safe homes for them.

Limerick Suicide Watch

We are Limerick Suicide Watch
The group’s main focus is to keep eyes on the river and identify and provide support to those in distress and who may be contemplating suicide. We also visit schools, colleges and places of work to promote mental health awareness and encourage conversation around mental health and suicide.


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Our Patrol teams are on duty Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday night,
but we envisage being on patrol 7 nights a week in the near future as we look to bring on board a number of new volunteers.

We are a volunteer group that depends on donations from the public and fundraising events to fund uniforms, jackets, PFD’s etc.

Mid Western Cancer Foundation

The Mid-Western Cancer Foundation Limited is your local cancer charity. All donations are used in this region to enhance services for patients attending the Cancer Centre at the University Hospital Limerick and for research at the University of Limerick.

The Mid-Western Cancer Foundation Limited, confirm that the Chairman, all the Directors and all the Board Members of the Foundation are volunteers and do not receive any remuneration. The Foundation also wishes to assure all our donors and fund-raisers that no funds are used for ‘salary top-ups’.


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Milford Hospice

Milford Care Centre is the designated provider of consultant-led and multi-disciplined specialist Palliative Care services to patients and their families from a number of bases operating in Limerick City, Ennis, Newcastle West, Nenagh and Thurles.

Since 1991, it is the stated policy of the former Mid Western Health Board and now HSE that all palliative care services in the Mid West are provided in conjunction with Milford Hospice.


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Today, Milford Hospice continues to be the sole provider of dedicated specialist palliative in-patient care, hospice at home and daycare services. Milford’s Hospice At Home service is identified as the most developed in the country and is the benchmark in so far as that all services nationally should be aspiring to.

A testament as to how these services have developed is the fact that in 2004 Milford Hospice treated 848 patients while this figure increased to 1,789 in 2014.

Hospice care in the past was very much identified as a service supporting patients with cancer, but hospice care today is now more readily available to patients with conditions other than cancer and approximately 2 out of every 5 of Milford’s patients fall into this grouping. These include patients with advanced respiratory conditions, heart disease, motor neurons and other chronic illnesses.

Milford sets out to make sure every patient avails of that patient-centred approach and their care services would extend beyond the patient to make sure that the family is fully supported, right into bereavement.

There is tremendous goodwill from local communities who play a vital role in developing hospice services and Milford is grateful for the ongoing public support received.


Novas is a voluntary organisation and Approved Housing Body working with families and single adults who are disadvantaged and socially excluded; primarily those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. We provide a range of services and accommodation for marginalised households throughout Ireland. We offer bespoke, client-centred services, based on empirical evidence of eighteen years’ experience of working with people who are homeless in Ireland. We believe everyone is entitled to a home.


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In 2002, Novas established its first service in Ireland – a temporary supported, low-threshold accommodation service in Limerick. Since then we have grown significantly with more than 30 services in counties Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, Dublin, Cork and Kerry. We support our clients through Housing, Health and Recovery. We recognise the complex issues that cause homelessness and endeavour to offer holistic, long-term solutions.

Pieta House

Supporting people and communities in crisis
Pieta provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide. We rely on the generosity of the public whose donations and fundraising make up over 80% of our income. Please support us.


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Pieta first opened its doors in Lucan, County Dublin in 2006. Since then we have seen and helped over 58,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.
We now operate fifteen centres and five outreach service across Ireland. Pieta now employs over 270 therapists and administration staff, and the demand for our service is increasing.

In 2018, almost 8,200 people came through our doors suffering from suicidal ideation, engaging in self-harm, or to avail of suicide bereavement counselling and we managed over 16,000 calls through our 24-hour freephone helpline.

Everything is free of charge and our staff are fully qualified, providing a professional one-to-one therapeutic service for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, people who have attempted suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm. A doctor’s referral or a psychiatric report is not required.

Everything is free of charge and our staff are fully qualified, providing a professional one-to-one therapeutic service.

St. Gabriels Centre

Up to 500 children and young adults from birth to 18 years with a range of disabilities living in the Mid-West region attend St. Gabriel’s Early Intervention and School Age multidisciplinary clinical teams. Our service model is based on family-centred practise, offering support to all those involved in the child’s life.


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St. Gabriel’s Treehouse Early Intervention Team provide services to children aged 0-6 years and St. Gabriel’s Treehouse School Age Team provide services for children of school-going age. These teams include:

  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Social Work
  • Administrator
  • Clerical Officer

Our clinical teams provide assessments and interventions for children attending our services here in the Centre, at the child’s home and at pre-school, primary and secondary school settings. We work with families to support children to reach their developmental milestones through a combination of individualised programmes, group work and training. An example of some of the programmes delivered to parents and families are: Hannen, Incredible Years, More Than Words, Talkability, Sibling Workshops, Youth Club for teenagers with ASD. These training and advice programmes support parents to assist their child’s development.

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