Circle of Friends Cancer Support Centre provides non judgemental support service to persons affected by cancer in a safe and confidential environment while respecting the dignity and worth of the individual

Circle of Friends

Cancer Support Centre


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Jennifer Jones Hickey

Honoree of ‘The One Hundred 2016’ Awards

Great news that our Founder Jennifer Jones Hickey has been selected as an honoree of ‘The One Hundred 2016’ Awards from the Mass General Cancer Centre Boston in America.


Each year the Mass General Cancer Centre organisation honour just 100 from a total of 900 all around the globe everyday amazing individuals and groups, caregivers, researchers, philanthropists and volunteers  who are committed to fight against cancer and inspire us all to take action.    Jennifer was nominated by her aunt Frances Howley and they are invited to the 9th annual dinner on 24th May in Boston, Massachusetts.  They will be brilliant ambassadors for our Circle of Friends Cancer Support Centre here in Tipperary.


 It is the first time an Irish person has been nominated and we are all very proud of Jennifer here at the Centre. Click Here

What happens when I come to Circle of Friends


We know it can be difficult to come through the door but please don't worry. When you call to Circle of Friends, you will be greeted with a chat over a cuppa to explain about our services. It's entirely up to you to decide if Circle of Friends is for you.


Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm

Please contact us at 087 3412600 for further details on any of our services

“Spread love, everywhere you go Let no one come to you without  leaving happier.”

Mother Teresa

Our Aims


To offer emotional support and help to people affected by cancer, their families and friends in a warm safe environment. To provide a range of complementary therapies which can be beneficial to people suffering from fatigue. Complementary therapies can help reduce stress and anxiety by restoring a sense of well being. To provide a drop in centre where people who have been affected by cancer and their families may access support and information. To continue to develop and meet the cancer related needs of the people of Tipperary and Limerick.

Having secured a greenfield site from Tipperary Cashel Municipal District Council it is our intention to create a purpose built cancer support centre by 2018.

REFLEXOLOGY is a holistic therapy that helps to restore balance to the body in a gentle way. The Reflexologist uses only hands to apply gentle pressure to the feet.


REIKI is a gentle technique for stress reduction and relaxation, which involves the gentle laying of hands.


ACUPUNCTURE involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific points on the body in order to rebalance energy. Research has found that acupuncture is beneficial in dealing with nausea, which can be one of the side effects of chemotherapy.


INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE is a wonderfully relaxing therapy that involves massage of the soft tissues in the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck and scalp.



Other Services


Holistic Massage

Men’s Support group

Women's Support group

Healing and Meditation evenings

Wellness and Relaxation Workshops

Art Therapy

Family Support Group

Post Cancer Support Group

Knit and Natter Group

One to One Counselling

Bra Prosthesis fitting by appointment


Drop in coffee mornings friday 11-1pm

“Services in Circle of Friends are free of charge

so donations

 are greatly appreciated”

Lots coming up...









Circle of Friends is a Cancer  Support Centre in Tipperary and is a much needed service in our county. We solely depend on donations and fundraising events in order to support people who have or had cancer, their families and friends.


Our demands are great and we seek your support for the continuation of our service.


All of our supports and therapies are provided free of charge thanks to the continuing generosity of our supporters.


If you have an idea for a fundraising event, or would like to participate in a fundraising event, please contact us!



*Please be assured that all donations made through iDonate are fully secure.

A delegation from the Circle of Friends were invited to meet the Minister for Health, Simon Harris in Leinster House on January 26th.  This meeting was attended by the Minister and his officials and also by a number of Tipperary public representatives including Jackie Cahill, Michael Fitzgerald, Tom Hayes, Seamus Healy, Alan Kelly, Michael Lowry and Mattie McGrath, and who pledged their public support for this ‘Flagship project’ for Tipperary and the surrounds.   Says Liam “Minister Harris was astounded at the level of fundraising that had taken place over the last two years, but acknowledged that we still have a long way to go.  He has stated that he is committed to trying to help us and indicated he will come to visit the current centre in the coming weeks.  It was an honour to meet with him and give him our stories of living with and after cancer.”


It was following this meeting that the Board decided to begin the build on a phased basis and following a transparent tendering process, local builder Seamus Butler of Marlhill Construction was appointed.  Contracts were signed on 20th of March for Phase 1 of the build, bringing the building to shell and core stage.   The group are optimistic that part, if not all, of the centre will be open to the public in early 2018, but it is their dream to see the building completed in its entirety.   To this end, Circle of Friends have decided to launch a ‘Buy A Brick’ campaign to raise some vital additional funds to go towards completing the building.  ‘Bricks’ will be offered to buy for €50 and details of this campaign were launched at the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Day on Friday 24th March, 2017. The ‘Turning of the Sod’ ceremony took place on Friday 31st of March at the site in Knockanrawley





Jennifer Jones Hickey (Circle of Friends Founding Member), Patrick Jones (Circle of Friends Chairman), Seamus Butler (Marlhill Construction), Kenneth Hennessy (Kenneth Hennessy Architects)

Our New Building

Side Profile of new building


"The hardest thing was walking through the door for the first time, but then I realised I was not alone."


"I met new people whom I can now call friends on similar journeys."


"I have been so touched with the kindness, friendly caring nature of all the people involved. I truly feel part of a wonderful circle of friends, continually looking after each other in a very safe and confidential setting."



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10-4pm Monday to Thursday and 10-2.30pm on Fridays


Knockanrawley, Tipperary Town, E34 XD51, Tel 062 33550

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Revised October 2018

OPENING HOURS: 10-4pm Monday to Thursday and 10-2.30pm on Fridays

Please contact us at 062 33550  or  087 3412600 for further details on any of our services