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Daniel Day-Lewis. Picture: Mark Condren

Daniel Day-Lewis. Picture: Mark Condren

Daniel Day-Lewis. Picture: Mark Condren

A proposed hospice strongly supported by actor Daniel Day Lewis has received planning permission.

The 15-bed Wicklow Hospice is planned for a site a Magheramore, outside Wicklow town.

Day Lewis spearheaded a fundraising campaign which hit its €3m target much faster because of his public commitment.

The triple Oscar-winning actor, who lives in Annamoe, Co Wicklow, even persuaded movie director Steven Spielberg to attend a gala fundraising dinner.

Miriam McGrath, secretary of the hospice committee, told the Herald that people in the region will be thrilled that planning permission has been obtained.

"We're over the moon. We weren't expecting news until the middle of February. A hospice is much needed," said Ms McGrath.

Positive

The committee was involved in "very open, positive discussions" with the HSE and she was confident it will be in a position to support the project, she said.

It is hoped building work will start this year and that it will open in 2017, she said.

Wicklow TD Simon Harris said he is very hopeful that HSE funding for the running of the hospice will be announced in the coming months.

"We are thrilled that all the hard work is now about to pay off," said Dr Brendan Cuddihy, chairman of the Wicklow Hospice Foundation. "We are indebted to our many supporters, big and small," he said.

The coastal site was donated by the Columban Sisters. Celebrity patrons also included Chris de Burgh and Phil Coulter.

aokeeffe@herald.ie


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