Barretstown is the first addition outside the United States to Paul Newman’s family of Hole in the Wall Camps for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Barretstown opened its gates in 1994 and has welcomed over 11,000 children and their families from Ireland and more than 22 other countries throughout Europe.
On the mid-western coast of Ireland there is a place of great natural beauty rich with ecological significance. The Burren is an area of Ireland comprising some of the country’s most unusual and rich ecological landscape.
Irish Men’s Sheds Association
Shoulder to shoulder, the Irish Men’s Shed movement is improving the health and well-being of men across Ireland, one shed at a time. The Association is a community-based, non-profit, creating space for men of all ages to gather in a safe, friendly environment where they can work on interesting projects.
Kids in the Kitchen
Victoria Mackechnie doesn’t work in a Michelin-starred kitchen in Dublin or at Ballymaloe, the famous cooking school where she was trained. She spends her time in a classroom in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin surrounded by ten year olds who are exploring healthy ways to prepare food, many for the first time.
The Ireland Funds continue their commitment to addressing the issue of suicide and self-harm across the island of Ireland. Over $700,000 has been given to organizations that are addressing the issue and shaking off the stigma of a topic that touches so many Irish families.
Speedpak is a social enterprise in Coolock, Co. Dublin that has been recognized for their innovative approach to a community that has struggled with unemployment and all of the social challenges that come with it.
The Ireland Funds are assisting this Belfast-based organization. They work with Protestant and Catholic unemployed young people from areas that were at the heart of the conflict as well as with young people from inner city areas of Dublin.
US – Northern Ireland Mentorship Program
The goal of the program is for the participants to be able to return to Northern Ireland with strong business skills so that they may contribute to underpinning the peace process and Northern Ireland’s economic stability.