Aoife O’ Sullivan Oncology Education Fund Appeal

The family of the late Aoife O’Sullivan, in conjunction with the Oncology Department at CUH and Cork University Hospital Charity, have set up the ‘Aoife O’ Sullivan Oncology Education Fund Appeal’ to raise funds to advance the education of nurses in the Oncology Department at Cork University Hospital.

Born in Bonane, Co Kerry, Aoife’s life ambition was to become a teacher and through her third level education in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and her Masters in Education in the University of Limerick, she achieved her goal. Aoife spent two years in Ratoath College teaching Irish and Geography. During this time Aoife’s love of teaching shone through and was particularly evident in the relationship she built up with her students and colleagues. She had great empathy with her students and in turn got the best from them – by all accounts she was a natural teacher.

Aoife was diagnosed with cancer on her 28th birthday in May 2018. When Aoife was faced with her illness she took on any setbacks with dignity and bravery, never once did she complain or say “why me”. Her mantra was – I’ve got cancer but cancer doesn’t have me. Aoife’s resilience was amazing up to the end. She received treatment both as an inpatient in GB Ward and in the Dunmanway Day Unit in CUH. The professional attention Aoife received from the entire Oncology Department was extraordinary and her family quickly realised that the Nursing Staff are a vital link in the treatment of cancer patients. Their tireless work gave them the confidence and comfort that Aoife was receiving the best care. This team of people became their new family.

Throughout Aoife’s illness her parents became aware that treatments for cancer are constantly being improved and recognised the importance of ongoing education and upskilling in this area of medicine. “Aoife was a very special, wonderful young woman who had so much to offer to her students, friends, her parents and her brother Sean. We were very privileged and honoured to have had her in our lives albeit for too short a time. We miss her dearly. We are pleased that any funds raised in Aoife’s memory will be used for the further education of nurses in Oncology. Aoife would be so very pleased.” – Aoife’s parents, Tina and Pat O’Sullivan.

Speaking about the Fund Professor Seamus O’ Reilly, Consultant Oncologist at CUH said “Given Aoife’s own background in education and the incredible relationship she developed with so many nurses in CUH we feel it would be a very powerful initiative to set up the Aoife O’Sullivan Education Fund. Funds raised will be directly used to advance the training of nurses. Cancer treatments continue to change at pace and it is vital that all nurses are regularly refreshing their knowledge”.

As a beautiful tribute to Aoife the students and staff of Ratoath College wrote the song Amhrán Aoife.

It is evident that Aoife touched many people’s lives in such a positive way. She had the ability to make everyone feel special and could relate to young and old alike.
Aoife was a great friend, teacher, colleague, sister and daughter.

Please support the Aoife O’ Sullivan Oncology Education Fund Appeal by making a donation today and help us to raise funds to advance the education of nurses in the Oncology Department at Cork University Hospital.

For any queries or additional information please contact the charity office at 021-4234529 or email