What are we all about?



If you build this they will come. Liam’s Lodge is Tony Heffernan’s dream that will support thousand of Irish families, and which will answer the pressing need for RESPITE for those families who care for children who suffer from a range of conditions from debilitating disorders to life limiting conditions.




Located outside Tralee and close to Kerry General Hospital, phase one will see an initial ten specially designed units of Liam’s Lodge constructed to provide a week of much needed respite for 520 families each year. In the longer term it will grow to thirty units on our site, supplemented by a number of satellite Lodges around Ireland. We hope to be helping over 1600 families a year in the near future.

Liam’s Lodge will cater for medical, educational and recreational needs of the families during this special week. Families can also receive training in the extra skills required to care for highly dependent children. Siblings will enjoy quality time with family outings arranged and the on site “Dino” clubs with facilities to entertain teens and younger children.

Irish parents with children who suffer from Cystic Fybrosis, Marfan Syndrome, Angelman’s Syndrome and many other lesser known conditions will get much needed help from Liam’s Lodge. It will provide a home away from home in a relaxing supportive environment, it will also allow parents to meet and talk with others in a similar position, knowing that we are looking after their loved ones.

“We have named Liam’s Lodge after our son. Mary and I wished there was a facility like this for people like us, to give people the break they need. It is not a lot to give people a week’s break to help them to keep going through the year.” Tony Heffernan

The Board of the Saoirse Foundation are committed to being fully compliant with the requirements of the Governance Code and will continue to implement the Principles of Good Governance and verify our commitment on an annual basis.

The Saoirse Foundation is a member of the Irish Charities Tax Reform Group (ICTR) and have signed up to the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.


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