Dublin Mountains Challenge Group

The story of the Legless Llamas – Group participants in DMC 2016

The story of the Legless Llamas – Dublin Mountains Challenge group participants in DMC 2016 The below is just a story of one our participants John who has completed the Dublin Mountains Challenge in both 2015, 2016 and has his walking boots all laced up and ready to go for 2017! Its amazing to see the team work … Continued

Dublin Mountain Challenge

Dublin Mountains Challenge 2016

Over 550 took to the mountains for the Dublin Mountains Challenge on Sunday, 29th May 2016 on a beautiful sunny morning. With an amazing warm up at Tallaght Stadium spirits were high and people took to the road for the Dublin Mountain Challenge. Taking on both the 24km and 42km distances, everyone had a great day … Continued

The Hanrahan Family

Jaime Jane was just three when her world was turned upside-down. Too tired to run around and play with her friends, her parents thought she might be anaemic, so they brought her to hospital for blood tests. Jaime Jane was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Twenty four hours after visiting Waterford hospital she was on … Continued

Seamus at Barretstown

The Murphy Cruse Family

Just before Christmas in 2013 Seamus’ football coach noticed that Seamus was ‘slowing down’ and getting out of breath. His mum took him for an ultrasound to Crumlin and the scan revealed a large tumour growing in Seamus’ liver. On 21st December, just four days before Christmas, Seamus started chemotherapy. On Christmas Eve, the doctors … Continued


The Murphy Family: Brandon’s Story

Brandon’s Story For Brandon, life was full of joy, not to mention plenty of singing and dancing before he got sick. According to his Mum, Brandon was your typical boy. Always on the go, he enjoyed being outside playing football. And he loved to swim, he was a real water baby. Brandon was also an entertainer. He’d happily … Continued

Running for Barretstown

Barretstown – From Camper to Ambassador

Barretstown has been part of my life for 9 years now. From being a shy, unconfident, and sick teen, camp saw me through the worst time in my life to make me the person that I am today, and for that I will always be thankful.” I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2005 … Continued

Conor Fitzgerald Summer Appeal

The Fitzgerald Family

Imagine you are twelve years old. Two weeks away from starting secondary school. A big family holiday is in order.  But while you’re on holiday you get sick. Your parents think it’s heat stroke. But after a few days you’re still not better. Instead of enjoying your holiday, you’re brought to hospital. And after a few days, you … Continued

Read Rebecca's Story Here

Barretstown has a very special place in my heart

Rebecca Egan took part in the Dublin Marathon in 2015 for Barretstown. She has both worked and volunteered at camp. We caught up with Rebecca to find out about her motivation for taking on the 26 miles for Barretstown.   I’m from Kells, Co. Meath but have been living abroad for the past year and … Continued

Dublin Marathon

Barretstown came at a time in our lives that was so difficult

Kevin Shortall ran the Dublin Marathon for Barretstown in 2013 and again in 2014. His motivation for taking part in the marathon and fundraising for Barretstown stemmed from the time his daughter Louise was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Here Kevin tells us his story. “My daughter Louise was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2012 when she was … Continued

Ruth O'Sullivan - Barretstown Ambassador

Ruth’s story

Ruth O’Sullivan from Rathfarnham in Dublin is a Barretstown ambassador. She has also been a fundraiser and a camper and here she tells us about her experience. “My first introduction to Barretstown was nearly twenty years ago when I was invited to attend a Barretstown fundraising ball. I attended a number of Barretstown’s fundraising balls … Continued

Fundraiser - Wedding - Kate & Alfonso - 2015

Kate & Alfonso’s wedding

Kate and Alfonso are volunteers who recently got married! For their wedding they asked their guests to make a donation to Barretstown instead of giving them gifts. Alfonso explains their motivation for doing so.

Isabelle's Cupcakes for Barretstown

Isabelle’s cupcakes

Isabelle is 3 years old and lives in North County Dublin. She organised a cup cake sale for Barretstown and her dad tells us why.

Rembering Someone Who Passed Away

Footprints for Leah

Over the past two years Tom Kelly has undertaken two sponsored walks, from his home in Tallaght to Killarney and from Malin Head to Mizen Head. He took on the challenges in memory of his daughter Leah who passed away in 2013 having battled with Ependymoma, a rare form of cancer.

Louise Johnston: My 21st Birthday Story

Over a number of months Louise rolled out an amazing fundraising campaign #smileitforward. Through her online fundraising page, a text to donate number, celebrity endorsement and by selling wrist bands among other things Louise surpassed all expectations!

Corporate Events at Barretstown

LR Suntory

How we work together LR Suntory provides invaluable support to Barretstown through sponsorship. They are currently the title sponsor of Barretstown’s signature walking event, the Dublin Mountains Challenge (DMC) which takes place annually. As well as sponsoring the event they also ensure their staff get involved by entering teams in the event, encouraging staff volunteering, gift … Continued

Colm’s story

Colm Lehane is a Barretstown Ambassador who has been kept very busy with Barretstown’s corporate and community events over the past two years. Here he explains how he got involved and what he has been doing.

Barretstown Dublin Mountains Challenge 2014

Dublin Mountains Challenge 24th May 2015

Over 500 walkers took to the mountains for the Dublin Mountains Challenge on the 24th May. Taking on both the 24km and 42km distances, everyone had a great day and made it their finishing points to great cheer, hot stew and yummy burgers!

Ecolab corporate gift


Ecolab have supported Barretstown for over 10 years by supplying cleaning and hygiene products such as bleach, dishwashing tablets to name but a few.


State Street Foundation

The State Street Foundation has provided annual financial support to Barretstown since 2010. To date they have generously funded various aspects of camp including grant aid for our archery, mini golf and camp costs.


‘PayPal Gives’ choose 5 charities each year for PayPal Gives funding. This year, Barretstown was chosen to receive a grant of $6,000 to go towards the repair of our 12th Century castle which is at the heart of the camp experience for children and families with serious illnesses.