Lukes Day Community Event

Luke’s Day

Patricia Luke’s mum decided to start a community event to raise funds for Barretstown as it was a place close to her son Lukes heart. Read her incredible story below: We decided to organise this fundraiser in memory of our son Luke who passed away just over three years ago. Luke passed away from a brain … Continued

Barretstown Reconnect

Barretstown Reconnect

  71% of Irish adults say that ‘play’ helped them make friends and build relationships during their childhood 90% feel children should have more freedom to play and 69% believe there is too much emphasis on ‘organised play’ for children today Barretstown is encouraging adults to reconnect with their childhood this August through our new … Continued

Ríoghnán, who passed away in 2014

Etna Flanagan still loving the game that brought her smile back

Source: The Irish Times – Thu, Jun 8, 2017, 06:00 Cliona Foley It is a bit of an understatement to say that Etna Flanagan bucks some sporting trends. One recent Irish survey threw up the startling statistic that 35 per cent of women aged 25 to 34 who were not involved in team sport believed … Continued

Citywest Fun Walk 2017

Citywest Fun Walk 2017 – Thank You!

    Citywest Fun Walk 2017 A huge thank you to everyone who came out in force on Thursday for the 6th Annual Citywest Fun Walk. The event raised an impressive €19,708.80 (and may even reach €20k with some company matched giving!) The Citywest Fun Walk was a great success due to the support of … Continued

Dublin Mountains Challenge 2017

Dublin Mountains Challenge 2017 – Thank You

Dublin Mountains Challenge 2017 Feet were sore but the spirits were high after over 575 people took to the mountains for the Dublin Mountains Challenge on Sunday! Taking on both the 24km and 42km distances everyone had a great day and we want to thank all those who made it possible. To all the participants, we hope the … Continued

Team James at Barretstown

Team James

Meet Team James! I would like you to meet James an inspirational camper who has shown how the magic of Barretstown can impact thousands of people through the creation of Team James. James has Cerebral Palsy, which affects his core and lower limbs. He had a selective dorsal rhizotomy April 2012 which involved intensive physio … Continued

WIT students give something back! A midterm well spent in Barretstown

  College Placement at Barrertstown We had some wonderful students from Waterford Institute of Technology volunteering with us at Barretstown as part of their college placement. If you would like to find out more about college placement please email Andrea at for more information. Waterford Institute of Technology Weekend At Barretstown Over the midterm break students … Continued

Barretstown Summer Appeal 2017

Summer Appeal : The O’ Toole Family

How do you tell your six-year-old child they have cancer? Can you Donate today and help more children like Róisín experience the magic of Barretstown? I would like you all to meet the Jacqui whose beautiful daughter Róisín has gone through a journey of heartache and pain. Here is Jacqui’s story…. “How do you tell … Continued

Dee Ahearn

Barretstown CEO: ‘There is nothing wrong with being wrong…I wish I had the confidence to speak up when I was starting out’

Irish Independent 04.04.17 – Online Editors Dee Ahearn, chief executive, Barretstown My biggest discovery through my working life has been that communication is the single most important requirement in order to lead an organisation successfully. You can have the best strategy in the world, but if you can’t communicate – which involves both explaining and … Continued

Wendys Daughters at Barretstown

My Journey with Barretstown

Wendy is one of our camper mums who has experienced the effect of Barretstown on her whole family especially her daughter Niamh who was diagnosed at 3 with juvenile arthritis. The below is a short account of her story: Barretstown when first mentioned to my daughter roughly 5 yrs ago was something she was not interested … Continued

Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon – Inspiration

This is the story of Ruth and her daughter Madeleine and how they saw completing the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon as a celebration of recovery. Will you join Ruth and Madeline and take part in the Women’s Mini Marathon and make your miles more meaningful? Sign up HERE Ruth’s Story In 2011 Madeleine was diagnosed with … Continued

The Hayden Family

Spring Appeal : The Hayden Family

Seán was just six when he was diagnosed with cancer, read his story to see how Barretstown helped put the pieces of his family back together. Donate HERE to make a difference to the live of children like Seán living with serious illness Meet The Hayden Family  Mary is the mum of four wonderful children … Continued

volunteering at Barretstown

You get back more than you give when you volunteer

Irish Examiner 03.03.17/ Reporter Gwen Loughman Gwen Loughman looks at the social and psychological impact volunteering has on everyone involved “The human impact of volunteering is massive” These are the words of Derek Fanning, manager of Tipperary Volunteer Centre who believes it is the small things we don’t see that can leave the biggest imprint on … Continued

Amanda Christmas Appeal

Magic Makers Thank You!

We are in the business of making magic at Barretstown – but that magic couldn’t exist without the support of a group of special companies who took part in our recent Magic Makers Annual Fund Appeal. Our 2016 Magic Makers Appeal was hugely successful with 85 generous companies supporting us at various levels. The video … Continued

Samantha Rowe-Beddoe

Former Barretstown Camp Director Samantha Rowe-Beddoe donates £50,000 to Barretstown

Samantha Rowe-Beddoe, a former Barretstown Camp Director and philanthropist, along with her husband Gregory Nasmyth donated £50,000 to Barretstown. It’s not every day we receive a cheque for £50,000! So we were delighted when a former camp director of Barretstown, Samantha Rowe-Beddoe and her husband Gregory Nasmyth, contacted us about making a very generous and … Continued

Dublin Mountains Challenge Group

FAQ’s Dublin Mountains Challenge

Dublin Mountains Challenge FAQ’s Below are a list of some the Frequently Asked Questions that some of you may have around Dublin Mountains Challenge. These are just a brief outline around the event and we would really like to answer any additional questions you might have. Donna and Jane from the community team would love … Continued

Dublin Mountains Challenge 2017

Dublin Mountains Challenge – Put on your hiking boots for Barretstown

James Story Last year was our first year to do the Dublin Mountains Challenge for Barretstown and four of us completed the 24k circuit. I had been involved in fundraising for Barretstown through my work because they had been our corporate charity partner for a few years. I had been lucky enough to experience what a … Continued

The Ice Witch Cast at Barretstown

Ofegus Theatre at Barretstown

    Ofegus Theatre was established in December 2010, by Leslie Lalor and Niamh Hogan, to bring affordable Children’s theatre to all. Since then they have put on numerous different productions in theatres in Dublin. Last year they started bringing their wonderful shows to Barretstown to bring magic to all the families for free. Daylight Robbery … Continued

Amanda Christmas Appeal

Barretstown Christmas Appeal – Meet Amanda

    Little Amanda Gouvea Horan was just two and a half years old when doctors broke the news to her devastated parents, Paula and Ned. Amanda had Leukarmia. Paula says It was like the floor went from under me. In an instant our whole world came crashing down. Amanda has Down Syndrome but that’s not a … Continued