Ireland for Europe still in the Red!

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I got an email today from Ireland for Europe. I really wasn’t expecting to be getting an email from them.

It turns out that Ireland for Europe are still in existence as they are in a debt of about €150,000. They are blaming the spending of the no side for this.

So to tackle this they are organising an event. An €160 a head one!! I dont see many people signing up for this one!

I reproduce the email below.

Dear friend,Under the leadership of Pat Cox, Ireland for Europe ran a very successful Lisbon campaign and we collected significant funds through various fund raising activities. However, with the late escalation of the ‘No’ campaign we found it necessary to intensify our campaign efforts during the last two weeks and this has resulted in a campaign deficit of circa €150,000. We are addressing this with various activities.

One significant fund raising activity we are planning is a pre St.Patricks Day Gala Dinner on the 16th March 2010  to which we would hope to attract a wide range of people and the civic society groupings who have clearly benefited from the resounding Yes vote. Plans are at an early stage but we do plan to have a keynote speaker and suitable entertainment. Apart from being a fund raising event with tables of ten at €1600 per table (€160 per head), we plan that it will be a great Social evening celebrating the outcome of the referendum.

We would be grateful if you would note the date and event in your Diary and help us make a great success of the evening by selling tables for the Dinner. Fionnuala Keane (  will be coordinating table/ticket sales and she will be pleased to advise you as required.  We will confirm programme details shortly but kindly reserve your table now!

Ireland for Europe was the coming together of Groups from throughout the country in a focused and concerted effort to do what was right for Ireland. You might feel that your participation in this final event will help bring to a conclusion this great National effort and to harness the energy for continuing engagement.

Best Regards,

Pat Cox, DirectorBrigid Laffan, Chairperson

Brendan Halligan, National Campaign Coordinator


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Raising Cork

I got this via email. Check it out and its for a good cause.

We were all completely shocked at the devastation so many people in Cork suffered during the recent floods. We couldn’t just stand around doing nothing, so colleagues at H+A Marketing+PR decided to organise a fundraiser to help those whose homes and lives have been devastated.

We’re holding the Raising Cork Quiz in Silver Spring Moran Hotel on Monday December 7th in aid of the Cork Flood Victims – with all proceeds going to the SVP Cork Flood Victims Fund. We are aiming to have 200 teams of 4, and raise in excess of €30,000 for this worthy cause.

George Hook has kindly offered to be the Quizmaster, and Silver Springs Moran Hotel have generously offered their Conference Centre as a venue. So far businesses in Cork have been very generous in their sponsorship, and we have secured some amazing prizes; this includes 2 footballs and a Cork jersey signed by the legendary footballer Pelé. (If you can arrange or provide more please let me know)

We’ve set up a website where you can register your team. Go to – all the information you need can be found there, and it will be updated regularly over the next week.

We have set up a twitter account so if you tweet, you can follow us on

We all really hope you can arrange to get a team together and get involved in this initiative. Please print out this poster or circulate it amongst your family, friends and colleagues. If you can’t attend, you can always make donations directly to the SVP Cork Flood Victims Fund, all the details are on the site.

I promise you, H+A’s Raising Cork Quiz will be great fun, and a lovely way to start the Season of Giving.

Look forward to seeing you on the 7th


Well Done to H+A for organising this.

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Im doing the Trócaire 24hr Fast

From 7pm on Friday the 6th of March untill 7pm on Saturday the 7th of March, no food will pass my lips. I am doing the 24 hour fast in aid of Trócaire. It will be an interesting expeirence for me as I dont think I have done a 24 hour fast before. I have done 12 hour fasts before in hospital in stuff. So why am I blogging about this? Maily to alert you all to the fact that I will be fasting and that I will be blogging and tweeting during it to keep you all updated on my progress. My sister is doing the fast as well.

Just to give you an idea of what the money raised can do.

€20 can provide an olive tree to a family in Palestine to replace one destroyed in during to conflict. This will allow the family to earn an income.

€35 would provide seeds and trees for a family left impoverished in Uganda by the recent conflict.

€60 would help a widow from the conflict in Uganda to set up her own business

€100 would buy enough rice to feed a family in India for a whole year

€200 would proved eight people with 30 hours of literacy training each. There are 876 million illiterate adults in the world and this one of the main factors that keep people poor.

If you want to sponsor me you can do in person, or if you would like you can sponsor me online and donate via a website with a Credit or Debit Card! Donate here. Also I plan to be at Open Coffee on Friday (I think its on this week) and I hope to be at it!

On the day follow my tweets which will have the hash tag #24fast. You can follow me on twitter

(Im actually hungry at the thought of Fasting, this will be hard!)

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People In need Telethon is back!!!!!

Wooo!!! I always think this is a great way to raise money for well deserving charities!!! Get your think caps on on!! Press release and links below!

RTÉ People in Need Telethon 2007

Irish charities to benefit from millions of euro raised during the 2007 RTÉ People in Need Telethon

Ryan Tubridy, host of the RTÉ People in Need Telethon 2007, in association with eircom, joined RTÉ Television presenters Pamela Flood, Lucy Kennedy, Caroline Morahan and Laura Woods to announce that the RTÉ People in Need Telethon is back. Set to broadcast on RTÉ One on Friday 26 October, the return of the telethon will be welcome news for Irish charities and community groups all over Ireland. During the last Telethon in 2004, over 4,000 fundraising events were organised by people nationwide, and proceeds were subsequently distributed to almost 760 projects in the 26 counties.

How far will you go for People in Need? That is the question posed by Ryan, Pamela, Lucy, Caroline and Laura, reflecting the theme of this year’s RTÉ People in Need Telethon. The People in Need Trust, meanwhile, encouraged people to log on to to register their events.

John Holohan, Telethon Director, People in Need Trust is confident that this year’s fundraising campaign will provide a great boost to Irish charities: “Thanks to both RTÉ and eircom, the telethon is back and once again this enables us to raise much needed funds for Irish charities. For us the most important message is for people to go out and support their county as all funds go back into the county in which they were raised, making it a great way to support good causes in your local community.”

RTÉ has confirmed that the telethon broadcast will be presented by Ryan Tubridy and Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, with Blathnaid presenting the show from 7.00pm while Ryan takes up the reins at 9.30pm. Packed full of entertainment, and with regular updates from fundraising centres around the country, this year’s telethon shows will feature plenty of familiar celebrities behaving badly, and all in a good cause. Programme producer Michael Kealy says: “Expect plenty of stunts, lots of bizarre and novel fund-raising ideas, and bargains galore in the telethon auction room. The focus this year is on entertainment and we’re aiming to make the telethon a must-see from 7.00pm on Friday evening until the early hours of Saturday morning.”

Speaking on behalf of eircom, Managing Director Cathal Magee said: “eircom has been involved in the telethon since it began and we have been proud to see it go from strength to strength over the years. We are very much looking forward to this year’s event and will work with the People in Need Trust and RTÉ to ensure this is the best telethon ever.”

Since its inception in 1988, over €35 million has been raised by the People in Need Trust through the RTÉ People in Need Telethon, supporting a wide variety of charitable organisations nationwide. The telethon has always placed a special emphasis on smaller, low-profile groups who would have difficulty in raising sufficient funds for themselves. It’s almost 20 years since the very first telethon and organizers hope that the RTÉ People in Need Telethon 2007 will be an anniversary to remember for thousands of people in need the length and breadth of the country.

Telethon website –
RTÉ Page –
History (RTÉ) –

I’ll be involved in at least one fundrasing event! Woooo!

I will post details on the events I know of here.

Sponsors are