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Brendan Gleeson’s faith in humanity restored by hospice

Author: Petrina Vousden
15 September 2016

Brendan Gleeson said he will never forget the loving care his parents got in St Francis Hospice in North Dublin. The Emmy award winning actor revealed both of his “folks” Pat and Frank ended their days in hospice care.

He said: “It was such a gift to have your parents, or you loved ones depart this life in a way that could not have been more beautiful.”

The father of four said the level of care his parents received allowed him to see the better side of humanity.

“Their spirits were looked after, their morale was looked after, there was so much humanity in it that you come out of that awful experience, you have to say goodbye at some point and I came out feeling nothing more could have been done.

“You come out feeling that human beings can be the most magnificent life forms in a way, it’s not easy to remember that,” Mr Gleeson said.

The actor said the experience was a “total eye opener” for him. He said: “You are hearing all of the horror people can get up to and then you go out to a place like St Francis in Raheny or out to Blanchardstown or any of the places all across the country and you’ve people volunteering to help other people who are in dire distress. “

He joked during an interview on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk that his mother was “spoiled to death”.

“She went in and they absolutely spoiled her, they literally spoiled her to death,” he said.

The actor was speaking in advance of Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning which is supported by Bewley’s and is  co-ordinated by the Irish Hospice Foundation.

All of the proceeds raised from events across the country today – Thursday, 15 September -  stay locally. Over 16 million cups of Bewley’s coffee have been enjoyed and an estimated €32 million raised for hospice care nationwide through Ireland’s biggest coffee morning since it first began more than twenty years ago.


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