Lord Mayor of Dublin hosts childhood cancer patients and survivors on International Childhood Cancer Day 

15th February 2024

Children with cancer and survivors of childhood cancer attended a special afternoon tea at the Mansion House today, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste to mark International Childhood Cancer Day.  

Every year, 369 children, adolescents and young adults (age 0 – 24) are diagnosed with cancer in Ireland. That means that, on average, one family is given this terrifying news each day. Thankfully, Ireland has a high survival rate but it can come at a cost, as the harsh treatments necessary to save children’s lives may result in late effects and long-term impacts on their physical and mental health.  

Childhood Cancer Ireland, the national parent and survivor-led charity representing the voice of children and young people with cancer, survivors and their families, marked International Childhood Cancer Day at the Mansion House to help raise awareness and understanding of the challenges that children face, both during and after treatment.  

Welcoming Childhood Cancer Ireland and its guests to the Mansion House, Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste said: 

“Today I have the privilege of meeting an inspirational group of children and young people. To see the many faces of childhood cancer – children who are in treatment, young people who are survivors, parents, ever-supportive grandparents and parents who have sadly lost their children – helps us to better understand what it means to live with and beyond this disease. They may not realise it right now, but the bravery of these children and young people, and that of their families, is astounding. We must commit to helping them thrive, as well as survive.” 

Laura Cullinan, CEO of Childhood Cancer Ireland: 

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring a small group of families together on International Childhood Cancer Day to amplify their voices and raise awareness of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the unique and diverse challenges that survivors experience at different stages of their lives and the supports they need to thrive. Returning to education, for example, can be a significant challenge and access to long-term follow-up care to monitor and manage long-term and late effects. Families also struggle to get back on a sound footing financially after treatment. We are grateful to Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste for inviting us here today to strengthen our community.”  


For more information contact Fionnuala Murphy, Childhood Cancer Ireland. 087 4116925 [email protected]