Mick McCarthy, Miriam O’Callaghan and Dermod Dwyer

Ireland Manager Mick McCarthy Wows Guests at The Caroline Foundation Lunch

The Caroline Foundation held its seventh annual luncheon at The Marker Hotel on Friday 4thOctober. The His ‘n Hers lunch once again raised much needed funds for The Cancer Clinical Research Trust (CCRT) devoted to furthering the development of new treatments for cancer under Professor John Crown. Over 220 people attended the lunch which as always was hosted by Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan.

An empathic and emotive keynote address by Ireland’s manager, Mick McCarthy, gave voice to the lasting effects the loss of a parent has on a family.  His honest and heartwarming words resonated with the guests who like most people in Ireland, know some family member, near or extended, affected by cancer. A spontaneous standing ovation.

The Trinitones, Trinity’s own acapella group provided the entertainment which included a hauntingly beautiful rendition of ‘Danny Boy’.

Prof. John Crown gave a quick update on the progress being made by cancer research in Ireland and he spoke in particular about the Caroline 1 trial which he said “involves a new drug combination to treat women with metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer that is based on prior preclinical studies from Dublin City University”.  CAROLINE-1, is now open to patients who meet the criteria.

Guests enjoyed a champagne reception, sponsored by Fitzers Catering, followed by a fabulous three-course lunch which included Serrano ham with Pear Balsamic & Figs, John Stone Beef fillet followed by Trio of Valhrona Chocolate. Chef Gareth Mullins take a bow!

Auction items included a wonderful VIP experience x 4 people including meeting Irish team at training in Abbotstown, signed jerseys of Tipperary winning team and Irish rugby team, a wonderful Anthony Peto Hat, framed painting by Stephen Cullen and donated by deVeres; a limited edition bottle of Teeling Single Malt, Mondello Driving Expericene with many other items such as vouchers from Photogenic Photographers, Up to my Eyes, Dylan Bradshaw pamper package, as well as overnight stays at Ireland’s best hotels.

Photographs courtesy of Jason Clarke photography