Graham Norton opens Cork ARC in West Cork

The BAFTA-winning broadcaster and chat show host, Graham Norton, took time out from his holidays on Thursday to officially open Cork ARC Cancer Support House’s new facility in West Cork.    RTE were there to film the proceedings. Click here to see the RTE news clip.

With the assistance of Bantry Hospice, Cork ARC Cancer Support House have extended their services into West Cork with their new facility at ‘The Bungalow’, Gories in Bantry, Co Cork in April, 2015.

For many years people from West Cork have been travelling to Cork for cancer support services and having this new centre in Bantry will help to avoid these long journeys. The Bantry centre will serve the needs of the local community as well as the wider regions of West Cork from Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Skibbereen, Sheep’s Head, Mizen and Beara Peninsulas and their islands, and beyond to Kenmare, South Kerry. For years, Cancer Connect have been bringing the people of West Cork to Cork ARC in the city and will continue to do so for Cork ARC in Bantry.

Speaking with Jenny O’Sullivan of RTE News, Graham Norton said of Cork ARC Cancer Support House’s latest service, ‘I think particularly in a rural community to get a diagnosis, it can be very isolating, and you can feel very alone – like it’s only you.  What’s great is that there is something like this that brings people together and you don’t feel alone, you know that other people are going through it, and you know that there are people giving you solid, credible advice and help.

His words are reflected in the huge uptake of the services, since April, 54 patients and their relatives have made contact with the service and there have been more than 200 visits to the centre.

Visitors to Bantry can expect to receive a warm welcome from one of the trained volunteers in a tranquil, safe, and home-like atmosphere.  All services are provided free of charge.

The support centre is open on Tuesdays from 10am to 4pm when anyone affected by cancer can telephone or drop in, without an appointment, and talk in confidence with one of their trained volunteer listeners.  Therapeutic massage, reflexology, counselling are all available by appointment, while there is a drop-in guided ‘Hour of Calm’ on Tuesdays between 11:30am and 12:30pm.  

Cork ARC Cancer Support House in Bantry is managed by Patricia Lyne.
Tel: 027 53891/083 1988580 or email: westcork@corkcancersupport.ie