About Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day is the Irish Cancer Society's biggest fundraiser, taking place each year in March and raising millions of euro to support cancer patients and their loved ones by providing free advice and support, as well as by funding life-saving cancer research.

Photos of Daffodil Day street sellers

On Daffodil Day, thousands of volunteers take to the streets selling flowers and daffodil pins to collect funds for the fight against cancer.

Many other people organise coffee mornings and other fundraising events in their homes, local communities, and workplaces.

Daffodil Day is a day for us all to give hope to people affected by cancer. Funds raised during our Daffodil Day campaign are used across the country to help the 40,000 people who will hear the words "you have cancer" each year.

The impact of Daffodil Day

Each donation from Daffodil Day makes a huge difference to cancer patients and their loved ones.

Funds raised during our Daffodil Day campaign go towards:

  • Cancer research Antoinette PowellFunding over 80 cancer researchers working in labs across Ireland to find new and better treatments for cancer patients. Thanks to investments in cancer research, more people are surviving cancer today than ever before.
  • A cancer nurse on the phoneProviding free, confidential advice and support to cancer patients and their loved ones and anyone concerned about cancer through Irish Cancer Society cancer nurses. Last year our nurses provided information to over 42,000 people in Ireland who had questions or concerns about cancer.
  • Enabling cancer patients who aren't going to survive their diagnosis to die at home, cared for by Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses and surrounded by loved ones in the comfort of their homes.
  • Providing support to patients, whether it's free counselling for patients and families in their local communities, or lifts to chemotherapy appointments in hospital provided by our team of volunteer drivers.

More information about how funds are used.

Every one of us has been touched by cancer. And despite the frightening statistics progress is being made.

Thanks to cancer research more people are surviving cancer now than ever before. Along with providing vital supports for people affected by cancer the Irish Cancer Society has invested €25 million in lifesaving research since 2010.

But none of this is possible without the support of the Irish public. By donating you can make a positive impact at what can be the darkest point of a person’s life.

So on Friday, 22 March please give what you can to make a difference to the lives of people going through cancer.

Get involved

How you can support Daffodil Day in 2019

We want everyone to get involved in Daffodil Day so that we can continue to provide essential services for people with cancer.

Photos of Daffodil Day boxes on counters

Hold a coffee morning or other event at home or in your community or organise a fundraiser in your workplace.

Order a box of daffodil pins to sell in your community or workplace - call 1850 60 60 60

Volunteer for a few hours on Daffodil Day (Friday, 22 March 2019) selling flowers and pins in your community.

Make a donation and dedicate a daffodil in our Garden of Hope.

The history of Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day originated in Canada six decades ago. The Canadian Cancer Society began using the daffodil in the 1950s. Representing the first flower of spring, it has proven an iconic symbol of hope and cancer research & awareness since, and has become the logo of cancer societies around the world.Black and white photo from Daffodil Day in 1990

Daffodil Day in Ireland

The Irish Cancer Society was founded by Professor Austin Darragh, officially coming into existence in 1963. Professor Darragh was inspired to start the society after being shocked by a statistic that 100 people in Ireland died each year from curable skin cancer, simply because they did not have the knowledge or information available to know when to seek treatment.

Today, the Irish Cancer Society aims to provide the public with information about cancer, provide services and support for patients and advocate for improvements in cancer care and treatment.

The first Irish Daffodil Day was organized by Professor Darragh and Society CEO Tom Hudson in 1988. The day quickly became an annual March tradition. In 2001, the daffodil was adapted as our main logo.

Today, Daffodil Day encompasses a host of different events, including nationwide coffee mornings, community events and of course the traditional volunteers on streets providing the public with the yellow flowers. The day helps raise millions of euro to support for the Society’s free, nationwide services for those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland.