Sincere Thank You

Gillian, Jennifer, Harry, Hugh, Josh and the extended Linehan family would like to most sincerely thank everyone who so generously contributed to the fundraiser created in John’s memory. We would also like to thank the many businesses in Millstreet town that facilitated bucket collections on site in the weeks following John’s death. The generosity of the local community has allowed us to create a legacy in John’s name and also, most importantly, has contributed significantly to the development of cancer services in Cork University Hospital going forward.

It was a very special and emotional week for us as we returned to CUH this week to meet with John’s medical and nursing Oncology team and hospital management to hand over a cheque amounting to €63,000 for funds raised in John’s memory for further development of the Acute Oncology Service.

This nurse led service diverts acutely ill cancer patients away from the A&E to a dedicated Acute Oncology unit thereby ensuring care is delivered by the most appropriate professionals in a safe environment.

The unit was originally opened as a temporary solution to mitigate against the increased risks associated with covid for acutely ill oncology patients who needed to attend the A&E. We have worked with the team in CUH over the last year to advocate for the creation of a permanent unit. We are honoured to have raised funds to help further develop the service and delighted that it will now remain a permanent fixture in CUH dedicated to John’s memory.

In the first year alone, the unit has diverted over one thousand acutely ill cancer patients away from A&E, thereby relieving pressure on the A&E and also reducing the infection risks associated with being in the A&E for extremely high risk patients undergoing cancer treatments.

Being involved in funding this nurse led unit, the first of its type in the country, is a most appropriate tribute to John in recognition of his drive for service improvement in healthcare and his lifelong dedication to nursing as a profession.

It was wonderful for the children to meet so many of the staff who had cared for John over the 6 years of his illness, as well as many of his former colleagues. It was very special for them to hear the many stories that were so affectionately told about their dad from both his nursing and his patient days and to hear the impact he had in improving healthcare within CUH and beyond in his career. The word ‘gentleman’ was used in many of the speeches delivered, as it will always be, when John is spoken of.

We will be eternally grateful to everyone who contributed to the fund we have set up in John’s memory ( We are delighted that funds are still coming in and we shall continue to advocate in John’s name for improvements in cancer care and to work with the team in CUH to fundraise for this wonderful service that did so much to help
improve John’s quality of life and extend his time with us, when both life and time were so very precious to him and for us.

We are honoured that the fundraiser which you have helped us with,  has allowed something wonderful and lasting to be created in John’s memory and for that we are eternally grateful.

Presentation N.S. Millstreet

Well done to all our families for donating to our ‘Help for Ukraine’ fundraiser today. Your kindness and generosity raised €1492.30. for Irish Aid Charities.  We received more donations after photo attached was taken! The people of Ukraine are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this time and we hope that the money raised today will help to bring some light during these very dark days. 

A Special Commemorative event in Donoughmore

On Saturday next March 19th at 11 a.m. a special commemorative event takes place in Donoughmore. The occasion is the 1400th anniversary of the death of St Lachtin the patron saint of the parish. A specially commissioned information sign will be unveiled by local  Cork County Counciller Michael Looney.  The location Donoughmore Cross (Eircode P32NX84), at the heart of the parish, is the site of an ancient church and graveyard. Originally an ancient monastery in the early Christian period, it was later a pre reformation church and ultimately a Church of Ireland place of worship. In the graveyard encircling the church memorials date from 1753. Many nameless markers indicate earlier internments.

St Lachtin became associated with the site and when he died in AD 622 his arm was encased in what is now known as St Lachtins reliquary. This relic is regarded universally by scholars as being one of Ireland most treasured antiquities and has pride of place in the Treasury Room of the National Museum in Dublin alongside such illustrious artefacts as the Ardagh Chalice and The Cross of Cong.

On the northern part of the site lies a communal grave for victims of The Great Famine when over a period of ten months, 1400 of the community died.

This unique occasion represents an opportunity for the community to gather together and to remember their ancestors and mark the site where the original parish was born.