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Airport Visitors To Come Face To Face With Cork

18 June 2013

Approximately 1.25 million visitors to Cork Airport will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the many faces of Cork, thanks to a unique photographic exhibition that was opened this evening (Tuesday June 18th) by rugby legend, Ronan O’Gara.

“Faces of Cork” exhibition was shot by leading photographers, David Cantwell, John Daly, Eddie O’Hare, John Roche and Michael Sheehan in recent months. Their work has produced sixty striking portraits of people living in Cork city and county, from all walks of life and of all ages. All involved gave their time to support the work of the two beneficiaries of the exhibition, Haven and Marymount Hospice.

Ronan O’Gara himself features in the exhibition as do some well known personalities such as Bill O’Herlihy, Cara O’Sullivan, George Hook and recent Cork City Freemen, Michael Twomey and Frank Duggan, but the real stars of the exhibition are Corkonians from the broader community. The arts, business, sport, emergency services and community life are all well represented amongst the subjects, most of whom attended the opening ceremony this evening at Cork Airport.

Thanks to the support of Cork Airport and Cork City Council, the exhibition which was the brainchild of well known aerial photographer, Dennis Horgan, has evolved to evoke a sense of Cork through the faces of its people. The Exhibition which marks the year of The Gathering will run at Cork Airport until September. Some of the images will be mounted in large scale on prominent buildings in the city centre.

"Faces of Cork is a truly inspiring photography exhibition that reflects the character and characters of Cork in all their guises”, commented Kevin Cullinane, Cork Airport Marketing Manager. “As such it reflects our Passenger profile through Cork Airport, highlighting the unique contribution citizens of Cork continue to make on the local and international stage and will inspire visitors to Cork during this important year of The Gathering”, he added.

Cork City Council’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Valerie O’Sullivan, said the Council was delighted to have played a significant role in facilitating an exhibition that would be attractive to all who viewed it. “It will give a unique sense of Cork to visitors to the city and, of course, it also achieves a most important objective of supporting the work of two of Ireland’s best regarded charities”.

The concept and exhibition have also been warmly welcomed by the two charities, Haven and Marymount Hospice.

Haven founder and Chairman Leslie Buckley said: “Haven is delighted to be part of Faces of Cork. Cork’s beauty is not only reflected in its stunning scenery but also in its people. Haven has been lucky to have had the unwavering support of the people of Cork for many years now and we hope that this support will continue into the future to assist some of the most vulnerable people in Haiti.”

Kevin O’Dwyer, chief executive officer of Marymount Hospice said they were delighted to be associated with the Faces of Cork project. “This innovative and exciting initiative has the potential to promote and celebrate Cork and its unique culture in an imaginative and positive way. Marymount has been an essential element of the health services in Cork since 1984, and is now part of that culture. Marymount has an enviable reputation for delivering high quality care, and works hard to maintain it. We are proud to be the Cork Hospice, and we are proud of our relationship with the people of Cork, who have always supported us so generously over the years.”

Note to News Desks:


Haven is an Irish based charity working solely in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, to build sustainable communities. Launched by Cork natives, Leslie Buckley and his wife Carmel in 2009, Haven facilitates the provision of adequate water and sanitation, shelter and training and education solution to vulnerable Haitians. The country, still recovering from the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake which took the lives of more than 217,300 people and left 2.1 million people displaced is home to over 10 million people and is facing another active Hurricane season this year. In the last 4 years Haven has helped to train over 66,000 people as well as provided nearly 14,000 people with adequate shelter and provided 81,500 people with water and sanitation facilities and training. Haven has worked tirelessly with the people of Haiti to give them hope and rebuild the country.

Marymount Hospice

Marymount Hospice is the only provider of specialist palliative care in Cork City and County, with an integrated service combining a 24 bed inpatient unit that looks after 500 patients per year, a community based service that had over 880 admissions last year, and a day care unit with an outpatient clinic. Plans have been announced to expand the bed capacity to 44 in autumn 2013, bringing its bed complement to the level recommended in the national policy for palliative care. It has a unique relationship with the people of Cork, who contributed an astonishing €24M to a new hospice building which was opened in 2011. The hospice receives 73% of its budget from the HSE (down from 83% in 2009), and must raise €1.9m per year from fundraising to maintain its services. It employs 115 people in the hospice, with a further 105 employed in its co-located service for older people. Palliative care is the total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. Control of pain, of other symptoms, and of psychological, social and spiritual problems is paramount. The goal of palliative care is the achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families. People live until they die, and it is the aim of the hospice to support and enable each patient to live their life as fully as possible.

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