Barretstown Welcomes Éanna Ni Lamhna to Enchanted Forest for National Tree Week

  We were delighted to welcome Éanna Ni Lamhna, President of the Tree Council of Ireland, to Barretstown this week, to mark National Tree Week in Ireland. Barretstown CEO Dee Ahearn welcomed Éanna to the Barretstown Enchanted Forest, which comprises of native Irish trees which are available to sponsor by the general public. The trees in … Continued

Barretstown volunteer Ashleigh Kiernan picture with a Barretstown volunteer, smiling for a photo in Barretstown.

Volunteer Spotlight – Ashleigh Kiernan speaks to We Act about being a Cara

Barretstown volunteer Ashleigh Kiernan recently spoke to We Act, about her journey from camper to volunteer, and about just how rewarding it is to volunteer at Barretstown: “12 years ago, I started attending Barretstown as a camper, and last year I started to volunteer. It sounds unique, but so many people have such a positive … Continued

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 Raise Over €161k for Charity Partners on Donation Day

It was an incredibly successful donation day for Christmas FM on December 20th, beating the original target of raising €150,000 for charity on the day, with donations from listeners coming to a final total of €161,486 being raised on behalf of their official charity partners, which are some of Ireland’s biggest children’s charities. By lunchtime, … 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 Campers Enjoy Takeda Funded Family Camp

We hosted another extremely successful camp here at Barretstown this weekend, thanks to the generous support of Takeda Pharmaceuticals, who funded this camp. Campers and their families took part in a range of Barretstown activities, from archery to rock climbing, whilst also enjoying the evening entertainment programmes developed by our Activity Leaders. Check out some … 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