Use Heart this World Heart Day on September 29th

Croí connected with people from all over the West of Ireland, including heart patients, nurses, Gardaí, farmers, children, volunteers and more to share why they are Using Heart this World Heart Day. Click to watch the video below!

Now it’s your turn, Use Heart and Send Love

Use Heart and Send Love this World Heart Day, and help us raise much needed funds in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

You can support us this World Heart Day by Sending Loveclick here to make a donation to Croí and send a message anywhere in the world – let someone know you are thinking of them, thank a frontline worker or local volunteer, send a message to a friend, or a relative you can’t be with. Use Heart and Send Love.

Here’s how it works:

  • Visit
  • Donate as little as 5 euro to Croí
  • Send a message to a loved one this World Heart Day
  • Your message appears on our interactive map

Croí’s team of Volunteer Heroes are unable to come together this year to take part in our various community-based fundraising activities, so we are inviting people to donate what they can and share special messages with loved ones this World Heart Day.

Check out who’s featured in our Use Heart video!

Kathy Hynes, Student & Staff Health and Wellbeing Lead, NUI Galway. Board member, Galway Local Sports Partnership. Chair, Physical Activity for Health & Wellbeing 2015-2019.

Nicola Fahy, Cardiology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Bon Secours Hospital Galway. Nicola has a post graduate diploma in Critical Care Cardiovascular Nursing from UCD and was one of the first students to attain a MSc in Preventive Cardiology at NUI Galway in 2014.

Dolores Heanue, Sous Chef, Mitchell’s Café, Kylemore Abbey. Dolores recently recovered from a major coronary event.

Sinead Duke is the Clinical Nurse Manager at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU), Galway University Hospital. Sinead is responsible for the overall management of the CCU, which includes managing all aspects of patient care and family support.  Sinead oversees the management of the Croí Family Room in CCU and patient referrals for the Croí Courtyard Apartments. Sinead is passionate about cardiology and promoting cardiovascular health for patients.

Sean Broderick, RSS & TÚS Co-ordinator, Galway Rural Development. Sean is an active farmer in County Galway and works to support other farmers and fishermen across county Galway in his role with Galway Rural Development.

Claire Burke, Community Garda based in Galway Garda Station. Claire is also a Garda Diversity Officer (GDO), which means that she is involved in meeting and liaising with people from every walk of life, age, ethnicity and background.

Nessa Gillen, Cardiology Services Clinical Nurse Manager and Alma Murphy, Cath Lab, Clinical Nurse Manager at the Galway Clinic.

Hildegarde Naughton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport. Galway West – South Mayo Constituency.

Children from the Galway Educate Together National School.

Noeleen Burke, Mental Health Nurse, Registered Nurse Prescriber, Masters in Preventive cardiology candidate. Advocating for CVD prevention within Mental Health.

Sarah Molloy, Coronary Care Nurse, University Hospital Galway; and Croí’s Lead Instructor, Centre for Lifesaving Training.

Colm McDonagh, long-time Croí volunteer. Colm had a bypass almost 32 years ago and has been supporting Croí’s work ever since, helping to raise almost €40,000 in his locality. Unfortunately Colm and his team of volunteer heroes can’t get out to support us this year because of COVID-19, so please Use Heart, Send Love and donate what you can to support Croí’s fight against heart disease and stroke.

Cathy Kelly, Team Croí. Cathy is running the Croí Virtual Night Run this year in memory of her Mum, Sheila. Sheila sadly passed away from a heart attack after experiencing some of the classic signs of heart attack in women (pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.) Cathy wants to raise awareness and encourage women to look after their heart health.

We’re lighting Galway up red for World Heart Day! 🚨

On Tuesday, September 29, Bon Secours Hospital Galway; The Galway Clinic; The Browne Doorway in Eyre Square; and Kylemore Abbey will be illuminated in red to celebrate World Heart Day 2020 in association with Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity.

If you see any of these sites all lit up, be sure to take a selfie and tag @croiheartstroke with the hashtag #WorldHeartDay! ❤️