Christmas FM check presentation for charities Barretstown, Barnardos, Make-A-Wish Ireland and The Community Foundation of Ireland outside the Broadcast Authority for Ireland building in Dublin, Ireland.

Christmas FM Raises Nearly €300k for Charity Partners

Christmas FM, the much-loved festive music station that switches Christmas on across Ireland every year, is delighted to announce that it raised €294,706 in 2022 for children’s charities Barnardos, Barretstown, Make-A-Wish Ireland and Community Foundation Ireland under it’s new ‘Magic of Christmas’ initiative.  This figure will go a significant way towards Christmas FM’s aim to … Continued

TV personality Mairead Ronan was pictured along with Barretstown Campers Ciara Cogley from Roselare Co Wexford and Danny Curran (13) from Clonee Co Dublin celebrating the news that the Applegreen Charitable Fund has announced a three-year partnership with Barretstown, becoming one of the largest annual contributors to the children’s charity. This significant partnership, launched at the charity’s headquarters at Barretstown Castle, Ballymore Eustace in Co Kildare will see Applegreen commit to raising €1 million for the charity from 2023 - 2025

Applegreen announces significant partnership with Barretstown

Thursday, 12th January:  The Applegreen Charitable Fund has today announced a three-year partnership with Barretstown, becoming one of the largest annual contributors to the children’s charity. This significant partnership, launched at the charity’s headquarters at Barretstown Castle, Ballymore Eustace in Co Kildare will see Applegreen commit to raising €1 million for the charity from 2023 … Continued

Barretstown Christmas Raffle Winners

We want to say a massive thank you to all of the people who purchased tickets in the Barretstown Christmas Raffle. The raffle raised a total of €5,316, which will go straight to the Therapeutic Programmes that we run at Barretstown for children and families affected by serious childhood illness. We are immensely grateful also … Continued

Christmas FM is back!

Christmas FM has finally returned for the holiday season! This year, Christmas FM will support Barretstown alongside Barnardos, Make-A-Wish Ireland and The Community Foundation of Ireland as their official charity partners. This is part of a newly launched fundraising initiative named ‘The Magic of Christmas’, which will see Christmas FM supporting these charities for 3 … Continued

Barretstown honoured that Dermot Kennedy chose to support Barretstown for surprise gig on Grafton Street last night

Barretstown is thrilled with the incredible response to Dermot Kennedy’s impromptu busk on the balcony of Bewley’s Grafton Street and his shout-out to his thousands of fans there to support Barretstown. Speaking about Dermot Kennedy’s amazing support, Dee Ahearn, CEO at Barretstown said “Dermot’s surprise gig was just incredible, the atmosphere was electric and has … Continued

Kathryn Thomas joins Barretstown as new Ambassador and helps to launch Enchanted Forest at Kildare Village

Click Here to find out more about The Enchanted Forest. Step into the spirit of Christmas at a festive wonderland at Kildare Village. Christmas at Kildare Village was officially launched today by singer-songwriter, Loah. New Barretstown ambassador, radio and TV broadcaster Kathryn Thomas was there to launch The Enchanted Forest. MC Darren Kennedy introduced Kildare … Continued

Barretstown Med Shed Redevelopment Given Green Light

Barretstown is a unique facility in Ireland and the leading provider of therapeutic recreation programmes in Europe. A new redeveloped larger Med Shed is essential in our plans to expand to serve more campers each year and to start serving new illness groups, so that we can reach even more children and families living with … Continued

Christmas FM announces new fundraising initiative called ‘The Magic of Christmas’, supporting Barretstown and other amazing children’s charities

The Magic of Christmas brings together some of Ireland’s best known Children’s charities – Barnardos, Barretstown, Make-A-Wish Ireland and The Community Foundation for Ireland – to raise over €1 million in the next three years for children who need it most Christmas FM, the popular radio station that is seen by many as the official … Continued

Dealz launches major charity partnership with Barretstown

Dealz has announced today (Thursday 5 October) that it will launch a major fundraising partnership with children’s charity Barretstown, which has already brought the magic of its specially designed camps and therapeutic programmes to 85,000 children since 1994. Barretstown, founded by Hollywood actor Paul Newman, will be Dealz partner over the next year. Dealz will … Continued

Lots of Magic this Summer at Barretstown

We are more than halfway through our Summer camp programmes, and what a brilliant few weeks it has been. We have already welcomed campers from 7 different countries – Ireland, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic – with campers from Iceland & Norway set to join us for our summer 6 camp. Click here to … Continued

Teams Enjoy Barretstown Golf Classic at The K Club

A huge thank you to our amazing sponsors Suntory Beverage and to The K Club for hosting the Barretstown Golf Outing in the K Club on Friday 8th July. It was a fantastic day, and it was wonderful to see so many golfers take to the course in support of this vital fundraiser. We would … Continued

Barretstown Big Picnic a Big Success

On Sunday 3rd July, Barretstown opened the gates wide to welcome people for our annual family fun day, The Barretstown Big Picnic. It was a brilliant day out for all, made extra special by Brady Family / O’Briens Fine Foods who sponsored the Barretstown Big Picnic campaign. We would like to offer a massive thanks … Continued

Michéal Martin pictured with Dee Ahearn and Don O'Mahony at the launch of Barretstown's new accomodation building, Paul's Hideout

Barretstown launch new volunteer accommodation building Paul’s Hideout

On Thursday 5th May we were delighted to officially open Paul’s Hideout here in Barretstown, our new accommodation building for our amazing volunteers at camp. It was an honour to welcome an Taoiseach Micheál Martin to Barretstown to officially launch this new building. Named in honour of Barretstown founder Paul Newman, Paul’s Hideout is the … Continued

New Facilities at Barretstown

We are excited to unveil the newest addition to our amazing facilities here at Barretstown. This beautifully converted bus and courtyard will provide a quiet place for families to relax and enjoy a cuppa while also offering a fun space for children’s activities. A huge thank you to the Mace Group and all of their contractors … Continued


International Women’s Day 2022 – Celebrating our staff!

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we spoke to the programme managers that make the Barretstown activities what they are! Michelle Moroney – Onsite Programme Manager How does it feel for you working in a team of women to deliver the programmes in Barretstown? I am very proud of the work we do at Barretstown. I … Continued

Sprinkle A Little Magic This Christmas

Cancer steals the magic and fun from childhood. You can give it back this Christmas. This Christmas we need your help. At Barretstown we have created a magical world, where children, like Darragh, can come to get a break from their illness and rebuild the confidence cancer can take away. Where they can experience the … Continued

Wrapped in Kindness Supports Barretstown

Wrapped in Kindness is a new online store offering a thoughtfully curated collection of contemporary Irish Design gifts such as jewellery, prints, ceramics, textiles and homewares. It was founded by Julie Gaffney, a Mum of 3 and former finance manager, in Passage East, County Waterford. As the name suggests, there is a unique charity concept … Continued

Share a Virtual HUG

  Join our HUG army and share some positivity! We all need a little positivity in our lives at the moment. That’s why we want you to Share a HUG for Barretstown. 32 Barretstown campers from every County in Ireland have come together to Share a HUG for Barretstown and they’re asking you to do … Continued