A sod-turning ceremony will take place today at the new Wicklow Hospice, which is due to open next year.

It will be the first hospice in Wicklow and will cost €7 million to build.

It is based at a site at Magheramore in Wicklow, overlooking the sea near Brittas Bay.

The hospice will have 15 inpatient rooms and will provide services for the county.

More than €4m has been raised in funding through charitable donations and a contribution from The American Ireland Fund.

Local resident and multi-Oscar winning actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, is one of the foundation's patrons.

The State is also providing €1m in funding towards the cost of building the facility and will help fund the fit out costs.

Wicklow Hospice has secured agreement with the Government and the HSE for the €3m annual running costs of the facility and the augmentation of the homecare team to a seven-day service.

The stand-alone specialist unit will be operated by Our Lady's Hospice.

Preparation works at the site began earlier this year.

The land was donated by the Columban Sisters.