Irene’s light continues to shine in Knockcroghery





Over €15,000 raised for Hospice since 2011




The ‘Let Love Shine a Light’ tree in aid of Mayo-Roscommon Hospice has been a Christmas tradition in Knockcroghery, raising in excess of €15,000 since 2011. The local committee was first established by the late Irene Beirne, who sadly passed away in October of this year.

  Irene was the driving force behind the Knockcroghery Let Love Shine a Light annual fundraiser after she lost her 15-year-old daughter Sinéad to leukaemia in 2000.

  Tireless in her efforts to raise much-needed funds for local palliative care services, Irene had previously visited national schools throughout the county as the main organiser of a major raffle of Hospice-sponsored Roscommon GAA jerseys in 2012.

  Jackie Doyle of the Knockcroghery Let Love Shine a Light committee paid a glowing tribute to her friend and colleague ahead of this year’s campaign.

  “The Let Love Shine a Light campaign in Knockcroghery was Irene’s idea and we all just rowed in behind her. She was on the road every day of the week selling sponsorship cards and the committee grew from there. She was brilliant but didn’t want to be recognised. She preferred to work away behind the scenes.

  “We’d all be given our little jobs each year and you could be guaranteed that Irene’s jobs would be done before everyone else. She’s sorely missed as both a friend and an important member of both the committee and the community itself.

  “Now the Let Love Shine a Light campaign is established as an annual event and the tree is a focal point of the village. It’s a community event and people know it’s happening every year,” she said.

  While Knockcroghery has sadly lost a shining light this year, Irene’s family will once again play a big part in the community-driven fundraiser. Their hard work will be rewarded when the Tree of Light illuminates the village on Saturday, December 1st ahead of the annual Mass on December 28th in St. Patrick’s Church, Knockcroghery.

  The event on December 1st will begin with carol singing in Knockcroghery Community Centre at 5 pm before the Christmas tree lights are switched on at 6.15 pm. There will be further excitement at 6.30 pm when Santa Claus makes a special pre-Christmas visit to Knockcroghery.

  The committee has called on the people of Knockcroghery and surrounding areas to give the gift of love this Christmas while supporting the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice – you can do so by sponsoring a light on the Tree of Light in Knockcroghery for a friend, family member, someone you know or in memory of a loved one.

  Jackie said: “Once again, we are asking for your support for the Palliative Care services in our area. You can purchase a light for €5 for your family, friends, or in memory of a loved one. The light will shine over the Christmas period and it can be for people who are living or deceased. It’s just a special gesture to let someone know you are thinking about them during the festive season”.

  Sponsorship cards are now available from Jackie on 086-8756797 and Patricia on 087-1252304. A number of Christmas cards are also available and all proceeds go towards Mayo/Roscommon Hospice.

  Names of loved ones will be included in the annual ecumenical service at Knock on the third Sunday in January.