Chairman’s Address

On behalf of the Meath Foundation I am delighted to welcome you to our web site and to give you an overview of our work.

The Meath Foundation was established as successor to the Board of the Meath Hospital on the transfer of services in 1998 to Tallaght Hospital. Our mission is to carry on the best traditions of ‘The Meath’ by providing a focus for voluntary input into the hospital here in Tallaght.

The Meath Foundation supports the hospital’s development by promoting healthcare research, education, quality improvement projects and arts in health.

We have been able to support some of the most talented healthcare professionals in the country in conducting important research that has benefitted both the hospital and the wider community.

The Foundation acknowledges that the three main components of care in a major teaching hospital are Clinical, Teaching and Research.  We have helped maintain world class research in Tallaght Hospital and Trinity College through our funding programmes.

The Foundation is also pleased to note that the research they have funded has resulted in not only higher degrees but promotion in the careers of the successful candidates.

Since 2002 The Foundation has:

  • Funded 104 research projects totalling €4.1m. These research grants are in great demand as they often provide seed funding to encourage young/newly appointed staff to get on the research ladder and has led to the awarding of larger research grants being awarded by outside agencies to some of our researchers.
  • Established a Research Fellowship programme in 2017 and awarded 2 Fellowships following a very keenly competitive process. The value of these Fellowships is €75,000 each.
  • Invested €350,000 in refurbishing the Research Laboratory. Due to the many upgrades and additions there is a new sense of community within the Meath Foundation Research Laboratory in Tallaght Hospital with groups such as Rheumatology, Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Medicine, Nephrology, Respiratory Medicine and Gastroenterology expanding their research activities and new groups such as Gerontology starting to work there.
  • Provided financial support for the employment of a Senior Laboratory Manager. This post was essential to create and maintain the highest standards and publicise the excellent research being conducted at Tallaght Hospital.
  • Provided financial support since 2014 for staff to undertake a Master’s programmes.
  • Established a Quality Improvement Fund in 2014 and over the past 4 years funded initiatives covering a range of topics that have made a difference to patient care in the amount of €420,000.
  • Provided €205,000 in financial assistance to the Arts and Health programme. This programme is very much focused on the patient e.g. Art at the Bedside, Music Therapy and the provision of instruments, Writer in residence to facilitate creative writing workshops for staff and patients, Visual art trail to provide an improved environment along with Art therapy for patients.

In 2012 we published ’10 years on…. The Story of Research in Tallaght Hospital funded by The Meath Foundation’. This publication reprised some of the remarkable research that The Foundation has funded over the past 10 years and is available for the Foundation Office.

Full details of our funding programme for 2018 are available on this website.

However, to ensure we can continue to provide such support we will need the continued backing of our benefactors and of the community. If you wish to help carry on the voluntary traditions or would like to donate/leave a legacy, please contact the Foundation Office. Remember that when you support healthcare research and education you are investing in the future and helping to secure the health of future generations.

Mairéad Shields

January 2018