Marilyn’s Mater Paddle
comes to Bray this August Bank Holiday Sunday

Lights, camera, paddle! The Mater Hospital Foundation is calling on the public to set their inner Marilyn free in Bray, Co. Wicklow for a special paddle this August Bank Holiday Sunday.

The Foundation has today announced the launch of its inaugural ‘Marilyn’s Mater Paddle’ with the help of Ambassador Grace Mongey Gernon, lifestyle and beauty influencer.

Keilidh Cashell, make-up artist and creator of KASH Beauty, and Carly Mahady, ‘podcast princess’, influencer and breast cancer survivor at 25, have also joined the cast as a Marilyn’s Mater Paddle Ambassadors for what is set to be the most glamorous event of the summer.

The event is set to take place on the Bray South Promenade Beach on Sunday, 4th August. The event promises to be the largest gathering of Marilyn lookalikes Ireland has ever seen, with proceeds raised from ticket sales and fundraising going to support women’s cancer care at the Mater Public Hospital.

Get ready to channel your inner 1950s Hollywood icon and join people from all over the country in this fun-filled event. Participants will gather on Bray South Promenade Beach, transforming into a stunning sea of Marilyns. Whether you choose to dip your toes in the sea or simply enjoy the event on the beach, Marilyn’s Mater Paddle promises to be a memorable celebration of glamour and fun. Will you ‘boop boop be do’ it for women’s cancer care?

After the paddle and ‘Marilyn Mixer’ post-paddle gathering, stay and enjoy everything Bray has to offer, from the funfair to the holiday atmosphere. Each guy or gal who signs up will receive a fabulous pack including a blonde bombshell wig, retro red heart-shaped glasses and a beach-ball. Don some glamorous red lipstick and a retro swimsuit or 1950s swing dress to complete the look!

The funds raised from Marilyn’s Mater Paddle will go to support women’s cancer care in the Mater Public Hospital. Generous support has helped fund vital projects such as a new mammogram and a state-of-the-art PET/CT scanner. Funds raised at this this new event will ensure that the Mater Hospital Foundation can continue to put funds to work in the hospital where they are needed most to support women on their cancer journey.

Launching Marilyn’s Mater Paddle, Mary Moorhead, Chief Executive of the Mater Hospital Foundation says, “The Marilyn’s Mater Paddle not only promises a unique day of glamour and glitz but will also make a real difference to the lives of women who come to the Mater Hospital for cancer treatment. The funds raised will enable us to continue to be there for women diagnosed with cancer, offering hope and support to our patients during their most challenging time.”

This event is open to adults of all ages and genders. Everyone has an inner Marilyn waiting to shine! To register, simply click here and buy your ticket to the event of the season today!

Friday, 24th November: Update regarding Remember Me Walk, Sunday, 26th November 

In light of events in the city centre over the past 24-hours and out of respect to our local community and healthcare workers, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel our planned Remember Me Walk in St. Anne’s Park, Raheny this Sunday, 26th November.

As this is a constantly evolving situation, we believe this is the correct decision in order to keep everyone safe.

We are disappointed that we won’t have the opportunity to gather with you on Sunday and we hope you will understand and accept our apologies. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this terrible incident.

To everyone who has fundraised in advance of the Walk to support end-of-life care, we would like to thank you for continuing to be there for our patients and their families.

The Mater Hospital Foundation is excited to announce a new partnership with Bear Races; organisers of the Clontarf Half Marathon and eight other running events in six different locations across Leinster.
Through this partnership, we hope to inspire runners taking part in Bear Races events to really make their miles ‘Mater’ by raising vital funds to support our patients who attend the Mater Public Hospital from all over Ireland each and every year.
We look forward to working closely together in the months ahead. Bear Races’ next event is the Clontarf Half Marathon and 5 Mile, coming up on 8th July.

Have you got what it takes to cycle 250km from the East to the North Coast in just one day?

Then, on Saturday, 16th September, why not take on the Equinox Cycle to raise vital funds for the Mater Foundation!

Dip your back wheel into the Irish Sea at sunrise and your front wheel into the North Atlantic Ocean at sunset. Starting from the Malahide Estuary at 6am you’ll be making your way to the beautiful seaside town of Portrush in County Antrim. And at the same time you’ll be raising funds to provide vital equipment and services that transform and improve patient care at the Mater Public Hospital.

The event is a fully supported sportive with moto outriders and numerous scheduled food stops.

The Equinox Cycle is a hugely rewarding challenge for all participants and has raised over €300,000 for charity in the past 12 years.

How to get involved:

Head over to the Equinox Cycle’s dedicated website – Equinox Cycle 2023 –  for full details of the event, the charities involved and how to fundraise.

Sign up today via the Equinox Cycle Eventbrite page to be part of this amazing community event.

If  have any questions, just reach out to our Community and Events Specials, Angi McNulty,, and she’ll be happy to help.

Equinox Cycle - 16 September 2023

Our latest ‘Heart of the Mater’ newsletter drops this week!

Read about Elaine’s battle with an autoimmune condition that led to a life-saving lung transplant. Hear from patients, hospital staff and friends at the Foundation, and how our hearts are brimming with gratitude for you … our supporters. Check out what’s on our New Year’s Wish List.

The Mater Foundation is immensely grateful to the Dublin Airport Authority, who have made an incredible donation of €130,000 to the Mater Foundation from their Charity of the Year initiative.

The Mater Foundation was one of three charities to benefit from their staff’s phenomenal fundraising and with the kind support from their passengers. This takes the total amount raised by daa staff since 2007 to more than €3.4 million, which has been shared amongst 30 charities.

Each year, daa employees select the charities that benefit from the Charity of the Year programme, before embarking on a wide range of fundraising activities over the course of the following twelve months. The fundraising period this time around was extended from 2020 due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

These funds be put to work to make a real difference for our patients and their families who attend the hospital each year. From all of us in the Foundation, to all daa staff members and everyone who helped make this incredible total possible…THANK YOU!

Mater Foundation funds new Mater PET/CT

This year, a new PET/CT scanner was installed in the Mater Hospital and is now being used to diagnose and manage a range of conditions and diseases. This important advancement was made possible with the help and generosity of Mater Foundation supporters and was launched earlier in 2022.

The Mater Foundation remitted €1.06million in funding towards the purchase of this new scanner; the best of its kind in the country. The digital PET/CT scanner is a critical piece of equipment for detecting and managing cancer. It is also used to diagnose illnesses such as Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia.

None of this would have been made possible without the compassion and dedication of our incredible supporters across Ireland; from Mater Hospital staff who took on our challenges to kind individuals, communities and corporate partners who went above and beyond to raise vital funds in so many creative ways.

Amazing things happen when people come together to help others and, by working together, we can continue to make a real and lasting impact on the lives of our patients and their families.

A PET/CT scanner has been in use at the Mater for many years providing advanced scans. However, the machine had turned obsolete and needed to be upgraded. Now, thanks to the kindness and unwavering dedication of Mater Foundation supporters, we have been able to bring the very latest in medical technology to the hospital.

The new PET/CT, which scans patients at a much faster rate, means that over 1,000 patients each year will have access to a state-of-the art PET/CT service. This will lead to more patients being diagnosed earlier, receiving more sophisticated treatments that can be provided with detailed monitoring, and creates opportunity for new treatment pathways to be developed giving patients access to therapeutic trials.

This is a long-term investment that will make significant improvements to the lives of patients and reaffirms MMUH’s position as a leading national unit for PET/CT.

We are so proud to officially launch our 2021 Impact Report and to invite you to read through our achievements and how we are ‘Investing in Our Future’.

In 2021 we continued to feel the full force of Covid-19 which presented on-going challenges across the hospital campus.

Despite the extraordinary disruption caused by this once-in-a-century global pandemic, the hospital continued to remain ambitious in its focus. It further enhanced its role as an international leader in the provision of complex care and specialist services, and as a result, so did the Mater Foundation.

Our 2021 Impact Report highlights the incredible difference that your support has made and the real and tangible impact that it has had, and continues to have, on the lives of our patients and their families.

We know that none of this important work would be possible without your kindness and generosity in 2021. Your support has enabled the Mater Foundation to continue to be ambitious, to strive for more and to be there for our patients when they need it most.