Annual Ennis Daffodil Day to be launched

Annual Ennis Daffodil Day to be launched


Daffodils and spring sunshine at Inchiquin, County Clare – Photo: Clare by Nature

Ennis Daffodil Day Committee will launch their annual event Daffodil Day tomorrow, March 6th at 8pm.

Daffodil Day takes place on March 24th 2017 and plays a significant role in supporting the Irish Cancer Society’s vital services for cancer patients and their families in Ennis and nationwide, as well as funding collaborative cancer research to find better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer.

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Daffodil Day and the Irish Cancer Society needs to raise over €3m to provide care, information and support to people affected by cancer.

The local Daffodil Day committee are appealing to the public to volunteer to sell daffodils on March 24th and to donate to support people affected by cancer.

Speakers include:

*Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising, Irish Cancer Society

*Hilary Gough, Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse in Clare. Hilary has been a Night Nurse for 20 years and cares for cancer patients at the end of their life in their own home. 40 cancer patients in Clare received 196 nights of care in 2016.

*Patrick Morrissey, Volunteer Driver, will speak about his role. The Volunteer Driver Service is a free transport service which brings cancer patients to their chemotherapy appointments. 322 journeys were facilitated for 26 patients from Clare who used the Volunteer Driver Service.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.