Clare’s Wish Foundation – Making Your Dream Come True

Earlier this week, we paid a visit to Clare’s Wish Foundation and Danielle McCarthy, one of the five UL students who work with this charity, to speak about why the charity was founded, the work they do and abseiling down Thomond Park.

Clare’s Wish Foundation was created in 2013 in memory of Clare, a young women aged 24 who passed away by a lifelong illness. It was her brother Kevin, who set up the foundation and still runs it today. It is the only registered Irish charity that grants wishes for adults with a terminal disease.

Before she passed, Clare Clancy had a dream – to meet famous Irish singer Red Hurley. Kevin, her brother, made this dream a reality. This gave him an idea and soon afterwards he created the foundation. The aim is to grant wishes for other adults with terminal illnesses. Red Hurley is now the ambassador for the Castletroy based charity.

As of today, Clare’s Wish Foundation has granted over 70 wishes around Ireland and continues to work to make more wishes come true. Recently, they granted a wish for a  wedding, where they organised everything from the dress to the day itself.

Clare was granted her wish of meeting Red Hurley. Photo by Elias Kallen

The Sales and Marketing volunteer said: “Everybody has a dream, a wish, the fact that an illness is stopping you, it shouldn’t let you, and that’s why we are here”.

Danielle and the other volunteers organise events and fundraisers to raise money for more wishes. This April, they are inviting people to abseil down Thomond Park, the home of Munster rugby.

In May, they are hosting a sky diving event for the venturesome. Since the foundation isn’t government funded, Danielle stated that: “We are trying to keep a constant flow of event to have some sort of an income.”

The charity aims to help make wishes come true for people with a terminal illness. Photo by Ivan Smyth.

Clare’s Wish Foundation benefited from UL’s recent hosting of Charity Week.

The UL student said: “It has been an important week for the charity as the money raised goes directly towards helping those with a dream.”

If you would like to make a donation or a wish please contact Clare’s Wish Foundation at

Clare’s Wish Foundation makes your wish come true.

Follow their work on social media:

Instagram – @clareswish

Twitter – @clareswish

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