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.

Join our dynamic and dedicated team and become an important staff member who takes pride in making a life-changing difference in the lives of patients and their families who attend the Mater Hospital!

There has never been a more exciting time to join the Mater Foundation as we have just completed a comprehensive strategic review. The organisation now has a 5-year roadmap to harness our success and implement this ambitious strategy for greater impact to support the hospital in the best possible way, whether that’s through patient support, vital research, medical equipment or redevelopment. Being embedded in the hospital highlights our cause, and we see first-hand the impact our work has.

Reporting to the Marketing and Communications Manager, this role of Campaigns and Events Lead is a key role within the fundraising function and will be responsible for leading out on the organisation’s existing campaigns and events, whilst developing and implementing new and innovative fundraising campaigns and events in collaboration with the Marketing and Communications Manager.

The successful candidate will also work closely with the National Campaigns Executive, the Marketing and Communications Officer and the wider fundraising and operations teams to ensure all campaign messaging and marketing collateral is unified and on brand.

Interested? For more information on this role click here.

To apply, please send a cover letter (maximum one page) outlining how your experience fits the role and an up-to-date CV to Please insert Campaigns & Events Lead in the subject line.

Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Closing Date for Submissions: Tuesday 17th February 2023

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.