1985 Croí established to lead a major public campaign to advance the case for specialist cardiac services and facilities for the west of Ireland, based at University Hospital Galway
1987 Croí funds opening of the first Cardiac Diagnostic Angiography Unit in the region, funded by Croi
1993 Croí funds Ireland’s first coronary care ambulance
1995 Croí commenced support for cardiac services at Mayo General and Roscommon Hospitals
1998 First Croi Nurse appointed to provide patient and family support and commence the development of community prevention and rehabilitation initiatives
1999 Croí supports establishment of first Chest Pain Clinic in the west at UHG
2004 ‘Croí Heart Smart’ community-based risk factor screening programme launched
2006 Croí launches ‘Centre for Life-Saving Training’ providing CPR and AED training throughout the west
2007 First open-heart procedures performed in the West’s new Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit at UHG. Croí campaigned for the facility to be established in the west of Ireland and pledged €1m to the capital costs.
2008 Croí unveils plans for the Croí ‘Heart & Stroke Centre’, Ireland’s first dedicated community heart health & wellness centre
2009 Croí launches Irelands’ first cardiovascular risk, lifestyle and behaviour change programme targeting those at greatest risk of Heart Attack, Stroke & Diabetes.
2012 Croí opens €4m state-of-the-art ‘Heart & Stroke Centre, at Croí House, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway; bringing all of its programmes under the one roof, on land donated by Galway City Council. The project has been entirely funded as an independent development by Croí from the proceeds of its fundraising programme and without any government funding (with the exception of a €60k grant from the national lottery).