James and Neven Maguire cook up a special thank you to Beaumont Hospital

Six years ago this month, James Maguire from Illistrin in  Letterkenny was admitted to Beaumont Hospital with a suspected head injury after having a serious accident in Dublin City. 

After several brain scans at Beaumont Hospital, it was discovered that James had a bleed and swelling to the left side of his brain and was sent for immediate surgery.  

James was put into an induced coma and had a Cranioplasty operation that involved removing part of the skull to allow swelling to reduce naturally. 


After spending a week in the Intensive Care Unit, James recovered well and was transferred to Adams McConnell Ward for further recovery and rehabilitation.  

“I remember weeks after the surgery, one of the surgeons shaking my hand and saying it was one of the fastest recoveries they had ever seen,” James said.

“I’ll never forget how amazing the staff were in Beaumont Hospital, without them I would not have had such a positive outcome and I am now six years on, living a normal life. I spent four months in Beaumont Hospital. I will always be grateful to the staff and medical teams at Beaumont Hospital”.  

Last year, James along with his parents Kenny and Kate Maguire (née Dunne), his sisters Hannah and Molly and his two brothers Emmett and Johnny, participated in a fundraising event called ‘The Kitchen of Hope’, to help raise vital funds for Beaumont Hospital.

James and his family really wanted to do something to give back to Beaumont in appreciation for the care that they gave to James and their family. 

‘The Kitchen of Hope’ event involved a number of celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, including James’s uncle, Neven Maguire. Attendees at the unique event were treated to a feast of celebrity cooking demonstrations led by Neven Maguire, with TV star Gráinne Seoige on hand as master of ceremonies to keep proceedings running smoothly.

Rory Morahan also organised the event as a thank you to the Beaumont Hospital and The Royal Hospital Donnybrook who had helped his son Cathal recover following a serious car crash. 


James said: “The event was amazing. I got to meet members of Beaumont staff and other patients who had similar experiences to me. My family and I were so grateful to give back to such an amazing cause”.   

James and his family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, help and support throughout that time in their lives. James also would like to thank Rory Morahan, Cathal Morahan, Nevin Maguire, Grainne Seoige and all the other chefs who helped make the fundraiser a huge success. 



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