Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society was founded more than 50 years ago. For twenty years MAC functioned as one of the Society’s patient support groups. Since 2013 the Society has moved away from national support groups for specific cancers to work through community-based cancer support groups and centres who are now affiliated to the Society. MAC now pursues its own programme but a significant proportion of MAC members remain active volunteers with the ICS.

The Society provides a huge range of services to cancer patients and survivors. It is also the largest provider of cancer research funding. Under the 2006 National Cancer Strategy the Society was designated as the umbrella organisation for patient representation. Since then the Society has completed a major Affliation Project which resulted in most of the country’s support groups and centres formally affiliating to the Society and becoming subject to formal governance and financial accounting standards.

The Society operates a Freefone Helpline 1800 200 700 where callers can speak to a specialist cancer nurse who can provide advice and information and can also put men in touch with a trained prostate cancer survivor who is willing to listen and talk of his own cancer journey. The Society also has a very extensive website

The Society is based at 43-45 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4 Tel. 01 2310500

Daffodil Centres


The Centres provide information to patients and their families and are staffed by ICS nurses & volunteers at:

  • Bon Secours Hospital, Cork
  • Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork
  • Letterkenny General Hospital, Co. Donegal
  • University Hospital, Galway
  • Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 11
  • Mater University Hospital, Dublin 1
  • St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin 4
  • St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8
  • AMNCH, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24
  • Hermitage Medical Clinic, Lucan, Dublin
  • St Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar, Dublin 6.


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