When the Rose met CASA

Photo of Paddy Murray CEO CASA, Maria Walsh Rose of Tralee winner 2014, Eílis O'Neil Group-leader CASA Loughrea
Photo of Paddy Murray CEO CASA, Maria Walsh Rose of Tralee winner 2014, Eílis O'Neil Group-leader CASA Loughrea
Paddy Murray CEO CASA, Maria Walsh Rose of Tralee winner 2014, Eílis O’Neil Group-leader CASA Loughrea

On Sunday the 1st of December our Loughrea social group launched their Christmas day swim fundraiser in the Loughrea Hotel & Spa with the help of Maria Walsh, the 2014 Rose of Tralee winner. The Icebreakers Christmas day swim is held every year at the The Long Point Loughrea Lake.

If  you would like to that part in the event this year then sponsor-ship cards are available from the O2 Store on the Main Street in Loguhrea or text swim to 086-6614866 with your name and address and one will be posted out to you.




Maria Walsh flanked by two young CASA volunteers, Tomas and Emma
CASA member Tierney Burke presenting Maria Walsh with a small gift

















Current Rose of Tralee International Festival winner with possible future Rose of Tralee winner?
Current Rose of Tralee International Festival winner with possible future Rose of Tralee winner?







Maria Walsh and Jimmy Lally
Maria Walsh and Jimmy Lally









What will you do for GivingTuesday?

What will you do for GivingTuesday?

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Giving Tuesday is coming to Ireland for the first time this year on the December 2nd. Giving Tuesday aims to encourage the public to support their favourite charity.

There are a number of ways you can support CASA on #GivingTuesday.


Volunteer with CASA:

The number one  need for CASA to provide our services to our members is volunteers! We have a number of social groups throughout Ireland that need volunteers. To learn more about volunteering with CASA check the video below or read this volunteer testimonial.


Donate to CASA:


Donate to CASA through PayPal by clicking on the imagine below:





Donate through mycharity.ie by clicking on the image below:





Set up a direct debt: 

CASA Fundraising Account

Account nr. 05153-361

Sort code. 93-21-08

IBAN IE09 AIBK 9321 0805 1533 61



Donate to our Charity shops: 

With Christmas appraching our charity shops always get an increased number of customers from people who are financially struggling. By donating to our charity shops you will not only be helping us provide our services but you will also be abling out people who find it difficult to buy all the presents they’d like to. You could set a target of 5 items to donate to one of our charity shops  – these can include books, games, DVDs, clothes and more.


Fundraise for CASA:

Why not pledge your support to fundraise for CASA in the future on GivingTuesday? Here are just some of the things you can do to raise money for CASA.


1. Participate in the Women’s Mini Marathon

You could run in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon this year on June the 1st and raise money through sponsorship  from friends, family and colleagues. If you fancy something a bit more challenging why not try enter Hell and Back and


2. Organise a Bake Sale


Like baking, or more importantly, like eating cakes and delicious treats?! Give in to your sweet tooth and feel guilt free by doing it for charity by organising a bake-sale with your friends or in your work place!



For Businesses:

1. Become a Friend of CASA! 

We have a number of businesses who have provided CASA with great help and support. For Giving Tuesday why not consider becoming a corporate partners for 2015! For details on being a CASA corporate partner email info@casa.ie


2. Organise a table quiz

A perfect opportunity for employees and colleagues to show off how smart they are! Organise a table quiz for CASA and provide a good night of fun for your staff and help


3. Casual Friday

Anyone for Hawaiian shirts? We all love the opportunity to dress down for work  so reward your staff with a CASA casual Friday.


For more information about CASA and how you can help you can contact our office on 01-8725300 or email info@casa.ie

A walk To Remember

Walk to Remember group participants photo

Walk to Remember group participants photoA big thank you to everyone who took part in our ‘Walk to Remember’ The day was a great success and the rain stayed away for the day which provided us with great conditions for walking. We have raised just under €7,000 with a few more donations still to come in. An amazing achievement by everyone who took part in the event.


The money will all go towards the running of our Breakhouse in Malahide and will help provide respite care to our service users. We hope to see you all back next year!



Christmas day swim for CASA Loughrea

Christmas day swim for CASA Loughrea

10750492_314827755392229_3822876908517193642_oFancy a swim this Christmas day? Who doesn’t! Join the annual Loughrea Christmas day swim this year and help raise money for CASA Loughrea. No better preparation for your fest of turkey and Christmas pudding.



Date: Christmas Day 11:30am

Location: The Long Point Loughrea Lake.

Sponsor-ship cards are available from the O2 Store on the Main Street in Loguhrea or text swim to 086-6614866 with your name and address and one will be posted out to you.

Square meal @ Third Space Cafe

Square meal @ Third Space Cafe

third spaceWe are delighted to announce that the amazing Third Space café in Smithfield have selected CASA as the charity to support for their monthly ‘Square Meal’ event this Friday, 28th of November. The ‘Square Meal’ is a BYOB where they cook a simple menu and at the end of the night people pay what they feel the meal is worth.

This month the menu theme is Texas BBQ and there are still some places. If you would like to reserve a spot just email office@thirdspace.ie


The VitalSigns research team

VitalSigns Social Research team

social research volunteersThe VitalSigns research team comprises of 5 dedicated volunteers who are striving to ensure that the voices of those who are often pushed to the margins of society are heard and listened to. The premise of the VitalSigns report is to report on the vitality of the nation and measure the quality of life of those who live, play, work and learn in Ireland in order to inform The Community Foundation for Ireland, a philanthropy organisation where best to place their funds. However often with reports such as these only those who are educated and have access to the available resources are able to partake. The VitalSigns research team is changing this. Each a volunteer, they are going out to lower socio- economic areas, residential homes and areas with a predominantly elderly demographic to ensure that each person is given the option to participate. They have battled angry jack russels and torrential downpours all while trying to convince residents that they are not asking for money or personal information, simply making sure your opinions are heard. To learn more about VitalSigns you can visit www.irelandsvitalsigns.ie


Story by  The Community Foundation for Ireland

Dress up for CASA Raffle Winners!

Dress up for CASA poster

Dress up for CASA posterA big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who came to our sale on Sunday. The total raised was €2,480 for which we are really grateful. A special thank you to Sally and Conor Dillon for helping make it all happen and to Joan and all the staff in our Phibsboro charity shop!

The winner of the draw for the dorr ticket for The Newbridge (Maureen O’Hara) candle was Nuala Talbot





Raffle Prize Winners:

1st Prize: €80.00 Voucher                                Conor Dillon

2nd Prize: Glitzy Braclet                                   Julie McGarry

3rd Prize: Clarence Make-Up Hamper           Lora McQuillan

4th Prize: Neal’s Yard Hand Cream Set                  Kay Leyden

5th Prize: Glitzy Neckpiece                             Grace & Emily D’arcy

6th Prize: Lancome Cosmetic Hamper       Kate c/o Sally Dillon

7th Prize: Handbag & Purse Set                      Kevin Finger

8th Prize: Painting                                             Joan Cullen

9th Prize: Btl.Jacobs Creek Sparkling Wine         Louise McKew



A Walk to Remember fundraiser 2014

Walk to remember poster

Walk to remember posterWill you join CASA on a Walk to Remember and help raise between €50 and €100 for our services? On Saturday 22nd November at 11am CASA will be hosting a special walk of reflection. You can choose from two walking routes on the canal either side of Mullingar.

There will be a choice of doing a 10km or a 15km walk and after the walk there will be a shuttle bus provided to drop people back to their starting points.



10km – Starts from Coolnahay Harbour and finishes in Mullingar.

15km – Starts from Mary Lynch’s pub to Mullingar.

The walk will be followed by a mass of remembrance at 3pm in the Mullingar Park Hotel.

For sponsorship cards or more details contact the CASA office on 01-8725300 or email info@casa.ie.