Wallace Family Launch Annual Coffee Morning

By Seamus Whelehan

Members of the Wallace family with Nicola McMahon Irish Cancer Society Fundraiser for Munster.

Despite rain, hail, snow and freezing temperatures Daffodils are beginning to come into bloom, their golden trumpets announcing an end to the gloom of Winter.
The annual fundraiser, centred on the first flower of Spring, represents the Irish Cancer Society’s campaign to bring hope to cancer patients and those affected by the disease.
This year Daffodil Day will take place in East Cork on Friday 27 March.
Marking the occasion, the Wallace family home in Cloyne will be transformed, by a twelve member committee, into a sea of yellow daffodils in remembrance of lives lost to Cancer, celebration for survivors, and hope for those coming to terms with a diagnosis.
After nearly 30 years and a grand tally of €135,000 Mary Wallace’s annual Coffee Morning, Bake and Bric n Brac Sale, one of the longest and most successful Daffodil Days in East Cork, will be held at Spittle Cottage, just off Church Road.
As in previous years, bunches of daffodils will spring from crevices about the house and each bunch is for sale to help the Cancer Society Night Nurse and Volunteer Driver Services.
Night Nurses provide 10 nights of care for Cancer patients in their own home, who are at the end of their Cancer journey.
In 2019, 188 cancer patients in Cork received 617 nights of care through the Society Night Nursing service during the last days of their life.
Conversely, 102 patients were brought to 1,007 chemotherapy related appointments reducing the risk of infection for patients, who would normally travel to their appointment on public transport.
Nicola McMahon, Southern Community fundraiser for the Cancer Society said the driver programme is helping to save lives.
“We have had people give up treatment because it was either too expensive, they couldn’t pay a taxi or they had no way of getting to their appointments, until they found out about the volunteer driver service.”
98 % of the Society funding comes from the public, and 50% of that is raised on Daffodil Day.
Like many Cancer fundraising efforts, the Wallace’s annual event began in 1991 to help those going through a diagnosis, after witnessing members of family struggle with Cancer.
Every 3 minutes a person in Ireland will get a Cancer diagnosis. It’s predicted that, by 2045, Ireland will see a doubling of incidents of Cancer.


Bernadette Keane with Bunny Cusack
Denise and Carissa Lenihan
Bridget Murray, Margaret Beausang and Joanne McDonnagh
Margaret O'Sullivan and Lisa Adams
Margaret Geary with Mary Wallace
Alice Carey and Patsy Dillworth
Members of the Wallace family and committee.
Mary Wallace with Bridie McCarthy the groups longest committee member.