Book flyer for download

See our publications page.  Download and distribute our book flyer.

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Sunday Tribune article – personal account of cancer patient

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Football Tournament In Donegal for St Luke’s

Letterkenny January 3rd at 12.30 pm

Boals Goals and later in the Central Bar

Ciaran Corry and his three sons are organising a 5 a side football tournament.  16 teams so far.  Tournament is to raise awareness about the decision to close and some funds for this existing centre of excellence.

Want more information, or to attend – contact the Campaign at 087 6395790 or email

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Raffle for Campaign Funds – Winners December 2010

1st Weekend for two Great Northern Hotel Bundoran —–Mrs T Rowe  Waterford .2nd

Weekend for two Gleneagle Hotel Killarney—- Ms A Reville Tramore .

3rd Penrose Crystal Vase—- Mrs Phoebe Forster  Co Cavan .

4th Penrose Wine Glasses—- Isabella Graham  Co Cavan .

5th Penrose Whiskey Glasses—–Willie Finnegan  Tallaght Dublin.

6th Christmas Cake—- Des Kirwan   Waterford .

7th Bottle Brandy —- Kara Mahon Tallaght Dublin

8th Bottle of Whiskey—-M & M Bradley Co Donegal .

9th Bottle of Vodka—- Marian Gaffney  Co Cavan .

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Research at Trinity

Trinity Student Sarah Quinn wants to contact Luke’s patients, past and present, for focus groups she is running in January 2011 as part of a project for her finals in Psychology at Trinity College.

If you would be prepared to talk about your experience of St Luke’s contact the Campaign at 087 6395790 or email and we will put you in touch with Sarah.

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Campaign asks the Friends and Irish Cancer Society to reconsider support of govt policy to close St Luke’s

This week, the Campaign has written to every director of the charity,  Friends of St Luke’s and also to the CEO of the Irish Cancer Society to ask that they revisit their current position which is to support government policy to close St Luke’s and replace it by a new cancer unit at St James’s.

We have pointed out that the new unit, due to open this month is merely an outpatient centre with no beds and no catering for patients when Minister Harney promised a ‘state of the art’ centre embodying best practice which would ensure best outcomes for patients.  We have sent them pictures of the new unit – we call it the ‘bunker’ – which could win an award for architectural ugliness.  We have also asked them how can 12 cancer beds to be provided at some time somewhere in the main hospital (ie not in the cancer Unit) deal with all cancer cases in the Eastern region South.  St Luke’s has 179 beds.  There were 31,469 new cancer cases in Ireland in 2009 per the National Cancer Registry.

Many Luke’s supporters have contacted us about the apparent lack of support for Luke’s by the Friends and the Irish Cancer Society.  This is why we are asking them to review their policy in the context of the reality of the new unit at James’s.

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Luke’s interview Dublin South FM Dec 9th 1 pm-2 pm

Dr Paul Heslin has a programme ‘A Life Discovered’ which is broadcast on Thursday lunchtimes.  This Thursday Dec 9th, Dr Heslin talks to Luke’s campaigners Enid O’Dowd and Marie O’Connor.

Listen on 93.9 fm.

or listen on your computer internet or iphone. Press and then Listen live and then press the “Browser” tag.

We hope to get a podcast later and will put it up in the Media section.

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At the book launch in the Ranelagh Arts Festival Shop on 2nd December 2010

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Book launch this week Thursday Dec 2nd

Note-Book launch is ON despite the bad weather

Join us on Thursday December 2nd 6 pm – 8 pm

At the Ranelagh Arts Festival Shop, 26 Ranelagh, Dublin 6

(next to Superquinn and near to Ranelagh LUAS)

for our local book launch of Cancer in a Cold Climate:the shafting of St Luke’s Hospital

Come on time  – and get a glass of wine!

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Book Published

Cancer in a cold climate: the Shafting of St Luke’s

Cancer In A Cold Climte: The Shafting of St Luke's

Get informed, Buy the Book

Cancer In A Cold Climate: The Shafting of St Luke’s is now available from Eason’s and www.originalwriting.ieThe book has 300 pages including 16 pages of colour photographs. It costs €15.

Available in Dubray Books, Swan Centre, Rathmines, Rosaleen’s Newagent/Bookshop Dunville Avenue, Ranelagh, Ranelagh Arts Festival shop, 26 Ranelagh

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