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21 Feb 2023 Dublin, IE

UCD Rugby Club to raise funds for Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day

Dublin, 21 February 2023: UCD Rugby Club, sponsored by EY Ireland, has announced details of their fundraising drive to raise vital funds for the Irish Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day.

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Dublin, 21 February 2023: UCD Rugby Club, sponsored by EY Ireland, has announced details of their fundraising drive to raise vital funds for the Irish Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day.

UCD Rugby Club made the announcement at the UCD Bowl today.

Averil Power, CEO Of the Irish Cancer Society, said: “We are grateful to UCD Rugby Club for the incredible effort that they’ve put in every year to run Daffodil Day on the UCD campus. We are also so grateful to our wonderful partners in EY for their support. The Irish Cancer Society typically gets three percent of our funding from the State. Therefore, we have to raise over twenty-five million euro every year to fund all of our free nursing, counselling and transport to cancer treatment, as well as our life-saving and life-changing cancer research and trials. We genuinely couldn’t provide all of the vital services that we do without the support of UCD Rugby Club and EY.”

Brian Gilsenan, President of UCD Rugby Club, said: “We are delighted to help fundraise for the Irish Cancer Society and to receive the support to do so from our lead sponsor EY. We are proud to help fundraise for a charity which provides the greatest support to cancer patients and their families and to help expand their amazing work. It has also been great to expand our partnership with EY by working to increase our social impact together.

Graham Reid, EY Ireland Partner and Head of Markets, said: “EY are very proud to support UCD RFC’s fundraising drive for The Irish Cancer Society, which is also EY Ireland’s Charity Partner. The Irish Cancer Society is an incredible community of patients, survivors, volunteers, supporters, health, social care professionals and researchers offering free care, advice and support for cancer patients and their loved ones. Their vision is that, by 2025, three out of every four cancer patients in Ireland will survive their diagnosis and, in future, no one in Ireland will die from the disease. We in EY want to play our part in helping them achieve that vision through fundraising and raising awareness of the signs, symptoms, and importance of early detection.”


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In attendance at the announcement:

Brian Gilsenan, President of UCD Rugby Club

Bobby Sheehan, Captain of the UCD RFC’ s Men’s team

Emma Kelly, Captain of the UCD RFC’s Women’s team

Graham Reid, EY Ireland and Head of Markets

Aoife Murray, EY Ireland Transfer Pricing Partner

Averil Power, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society

Cormac Kilty, Board member of the Irish Cancer Society

Dr. Antoinette Perry, Associate Professor in Genetics and Cell Biology at UCD

Vinnie Hammond, High Performance analyst for the Irish Rugby Team

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About Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society was created on 10 October 1963. The Irish Cancer Society functions to transform the experiences and outcomes of people affected by cancer through their advocacy, support services and research. The Society supports patients and their loved ones by providing free information and care, funding cancer research to find better treatments that will save more lives and works to keep cancer on the Government’s agenda, to make sure the Irish healthcare system functions as well as possible to help cancer patients and their loved ones through their diagnosis. To learn more about the Charity, please visit: