Events Calendar 2014


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HOPE Organised Events

Would you like to experience magical India and help children in need? Take part in one of HOPE’s many worthwhile programmes in 2014 and have a life-changing experience that will also support HOPE’s projects in Kolkata. Currently, The following HOPE programmes/events seen below are lined up for 2014. All programmes either take place in Kolkata or include visits to HOPE’s projects in Kolkata as part of the itinerary. Click on the trips below for further info or call 021 – 4292990 for more information.

11-19 Sept  HOPE Performance with a  Difference
19 Sept  Annual Cork Lunch
3 Oct  Annual London Lunch
17 Oct  Day of HOPE
25 Oct – 2  Nov  HOPE U Can Paint
25 Oct – 9 Nov  HOPE Himalayan Walk
26 Oct – 5 Nov  Yoga for HOPE

3rd November 2014 and 2nd February 2015  Street Photography Workshop | Kolkata 2014
 All year round  HOPE Volunteer Placement Programme


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Other Events (also see Challenge Events below)

With thanks to many supporters, numerous events take place throughout the year that you can participate in to support HOPE. From Pub Quiz’s to Fashion Shows there are many events that we would love to have you take part in. If you would like to take part or create your own event check out the links below or contact a member of staff on 021 – 4292990 for more information.

19th Feb  Registration for Flora Dublin City Marathon 
2nd March Alexandra College 5km Run
8th March Network Limerick Annual International Womens Day
28th March HOPE Fashion Show 
12th April International Day for Street Children 
May 4th Great Limerick Run
May 8th HOPE Golf Classic 
May 2014 Eat4Streetkids Campaign with Lily Higgins
May 23rd Dublin HOPE Lunch 2014


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Challenge Events 

Up for a challenge that can help make a difference? Then why not get involved with one of the numerous challenge events that take place in Ireland throughout the year.If you would like to take part in aid of HOPE or create your own event check out the links below or contact a member of staff on 021 – 4292990 for more information.


Anne Valley 5 Mile Challenge 2014


Bay Run Half Marathon


Spar Great Ireland Run 10K,  Junior & Mini


Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon


Paris Marathon 2014


Flora Women’s Mini Marathon


Connemarathon 2014


Cork City Marathon


Virgin London Marathon


Waterford Viking Marathon


Ballybunion Half Marathon


Dingle Marathon


Kildare Marathon 2014


Airtricity Dublin Marathon


West of Ireland Women’s Mini  Marathon




Great Limerick Run




* More programmes and events will be announced above as they are confirmed.

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Seo Linn perform at Christmas at Castle Oliver – 6th Dec

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On opening night Saturday December 6th we are excited to announce that there will be an exclusive performance by online Youtube superstars of TG Lurgan band Seo Linn.  Keith, Stiofán, Jenny, Daithí, Kevin, Conor and Cathal (Seo Linn) are multi instrumentalists playing modern trad with a large pop/dance influence meshing strong straight forward percussion beats and dance melodies with trad instruments including versions of bands such as Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, Coldplay to name a few.

They shot to fame last year when they became an overnight sensation after clocking up 2 million YouTube hits in just over a week with their stunning Irish version arrangement of TG Lurgan V Avicii – Wake Me Up and they are releasing their new single D’Aon Ghuth Amháin means Of One Voice and is Seo Linn’s new single out November 14th 2014. As of today there are almost 5 million views of the Avicii video alone.

2014 has been busy for Seo Linn with TV appearances and a brace of sold out shows all over the country and in America,  an album in production preceded by the single “D’Aon Ghuth Amháin”which will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Shazam to name a few.

For one very special evening and to welcome in the festivities at the Castle Seo Linn will perform a very intimate gig to a limited number of people in the Castle Ballroom in aid of The Hope Foundation. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy an incredible talent in a beautiful setting with the Christmas lights and trees  all over the castle providing a once in a lifetime ambience.  Speaking about their excitement to be back playing in Munster, band member and singer Stiofan O’Farrell said.

‘Tá muid ar bís as cuireadh a fháil dlúthghig leithleasach a chasadh ag Caisleán Oliver ar an 6ú lá de mhí na Nollag.Tá muid ag tnúth go mór leis an gCaisleán álainn stairiúil a fheiceáil agus páirt a ghlacadh in ocáid fíorspeisialta! Ta clú agus cáil ar an Hope Foundation i ngeall ar an obair fhíormheasúil atá á dhéanamh acu ar chúlsraideanna suaracha Kolkata agus ba mhaith linn ár dtacaíocht a thaispeáint don dul chun cinn agus don fhorbairt daonna atá ar bun acu ann. Beidh sé ina oíche den scoth agus is fada linn ar fad é!’

“We are extremely excited to be afforded the opportunity the play a very intimate exclusive gig in Castle Oliver on the 6th of December. We are very much excited to perform in the ballroom of this prestigious castle, steeped in history. The Hope Foundation is famous for its reputable work in the slums of Kolkata and we are delighted to show our support for the development and progress achieved thus far. It will be a fantastic night and we are very much looking forward to it!”


For bookings contact Charlotte at or phone 087 3666937

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Free Charity App launched for Transition Year Students

Free Charity App launched for Transition Year Students



The Hope Foundation today launched a free development education app, The Hope Foundation App, for Irish Secondary School Students across Ireland. The Hope Foundation App allows students and teachers to easily access information on HOPE’s Development Education Programme and volunteer initiatives. It is available to download free to an iPhone from the

Apple AppStore.


The Hope Foundation (HOPE) is an Irish charity supporting overseas development and tackling humanitarian issues in Kolkata, India. HOPE run a Development Education Programme available to all Irish schools which includes support for a number of Secondary School initiatives including the Civil, Social and Political Education course, the Young Social Innovators and the Transition Year Mini Company. HOPE also run a Transition Year (TY) Immersion Programme in which transition year students travel to Kolkata and visit the HOPE projects such as their child shelters and education centres.


The App was developed by first year UCC Computer Science student and former HOPE TY Immersion Programme student, Fergal Eccles.


Fergal Eccles stated ‘I visited Kolkata as part of the HOPE TY Immersion Programme with Ashton College, Cork and saw first-hand the work that HOPE do with the street children in Kolkata. When I returned to Ireland I was eager to help the charity in any way I could. The App gives students all the information they need to know about HOPE, it is a source of information for students in transition year and it shows them different ways in which they can volunteering’


Speaking about the launch of the App, HOPE Honorary Director, Maureen Forrest said ‘we are delighted to be able to spread HOPE’s message through a new digital platform and delighted to have Fergal, a committed volunteer of HOPE, to help us. As Development Education becomes a growing area of investment for Irish Charities, HOPE believes that expanding into the mobile app market will enable more student to be aware of the various ways in which they can support an international charity during their formative school years’


The app is currently available to download for free on iOS from the Apple AppStore. An Android version of the App will be available shortly.


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Best Will in the World Week – 20th to 24th Oct

Consider HOPE when leaving a legacy during Best Will in World Week


The Hope Foundation is supporting Best Will in the World Week and asking people to consider HOPE when leaving a legacy in their will.


Best Will in the World Week takes place from Monday, 20 October until Friday, 24 October. During this week, participating solicitors from across Ireland will offer initial consultations for a flat fee of just €50 to people who are considering making a will or would like to amend an existing will. Organised by MyLegacy, which is an umbrella group of over 70 of Ireland’s favourite charities including HOPE, the campaign encourages people to avail of expert, impartial and independent advice on the importance of making a will, while also asking people to consider leaving a gift to charity.


HOPE Founder and Honorary Director, Maureen Forrest, stated that ‘HOPE is delighted to be involved in this great initiative, The Best Will in the World. ‘Providing for your family is vitally important but if you are in a position to leave a gift, please think of HOPE. For just 89 cent we can provide a child with a life changing vaccine and €5 can clothe, feed and educate a child for one week. Your legacy will make a huge difference to a child’s life in Kolkata.’


Making a will is easier, cheaper and more straightforward than people often think, while not having a will can cause problems, both legal and personal, that could be easily avoided. Best Will in the World Week gives people the chance to access effective and practical advice on making a will for a nominal fee, which could save on financial issues for loved ones later on. For a list of participating, solicitors please go to and

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Christmas at Castle Oliver – 6th to 21st Dec

‘Giving the gift of Hope, Santa books into Castle Oliver for a special visit this Christmas’




This Christmas you can be part of a wonderful festive month at Castle Oliver who are opening their doors to the public for a very special season of festive wonder and magic.


A letter has just arrived from the North Pole booking Mr and Mrs Santa Claus into the Castle for the Month of December over the weekends running up to Christmas from Saturday 6th finishing Sunday 21st.
Speaking of her excitement amidst major preparations in advance of the festivities, Emma Cormack said
`I am so looking forward to ‘Christmas at the Castle’. This is the first time we have ever hosted an event on this scale. We were delighted to partner with The Hope Foundation again following a very successful occasion last August, we aim to welcome you all to the Castle for what promises to be a wonderful Christmas season and of course to help bring alive the true spirit of Christmas’.

Christmas at the Castle will cater for the festive requirements of all ages. For those counting down the days to the arrival of the man in red they will enjoy a visit with Santa Claus. The children will then go on to enjoy heartwarming activities such as decorating of ginger bread men with more surprises while their parents enjoy a glass of mulled wine by the blazing open fires in the grandeur of the castle. Then the elves will take all visitors on a tour of the Castle to include the bedrooms where Santa, Mrs Claus and the elves will sleep during their stay.

For the first time at Castle Oliver there will be a traditional outdoor Christmas market for all ages with wonderful arts, crafts and food stalls for all to enjoy following their visit to the Castle. A spectacular light show has been planned by sponsors and lighting specialists LED Saver Ltd which is the first of it’s kind in Munster. The Castle and gardens will be lit up with various vibrant changing colours to remind Santa Claus of the Northern Lights at his home in the North Pole. 


The event will be running from Saturday 6th, sun 7th, sat 13th, sun 14th and sat 20th and sun 21st Dec 6 days only and it is advised to book fast to avoid disappointment.

Tickets for the event can be purchased from

Stalls for the Christmas market are limited and enquires to

For more information on the event or to book a stall at the Christmas market please contact Charlotte on 087 3666937 or Emma on 063 91826



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Dive into HOPE’s Santa Splash this Christmas!


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The Hope Foundation are looking forward to their annual Santa Splash this Christmas in Cork!


Whether you want to wrap up warm with a wetsuit or brave the cold in the bare essentials, HOPE is encouraging all their supporters to come out on Sunday 7th Dec and splash into the cold Atlantic in aid of HOPE, and to raise awareness for the street and slum children of Kolkata.


Where and When?

Sunday 7th December at 1pm, at Garretstown Beach, Co. Cork.



All participants are encouraged to dress in Christmas themed outfits ( Santa Hats, Reindeer Ears, Angel Wings etc) and swim/splash/get their ankles wet in aid of HOPE.

Sponsorship cards are available to all supporters, and all proceeds go to The Hope Foundation. All members of the public are welcome to attend the event. Even if you cannot splash – join us on the day to encourage those who do!

For more information or for a sponsorship card,


Aine (086) 3930794, by email at,

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