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Christmas FM is the radio station spreading that festive cheer throughout December, but the station has just announced the unbelievable results of their fundraising efforts for 2018.

An unbelievable €404,551 was raised for their chosen charity of 2018, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.

This will have massive repercussions for the hospital, the funds will go towards purchasing new state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment such as incubators and ventilators.

These machines allow the gift of life to be given to over 1,000 critically ill babies and children in Temple Street.


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Since its inception in 2008, the total amount of money raised for Christmas FM's choice of assorted charities has hit almost €2 million.

Garvan Rigby, co-founder of Christmas FM commented on the news: “We are delighted to have raised over €400,000 with the success of this year’s fundraising campaign," he said.

"We would like to thank all of our loyal listeners who tuned in and donated so generously to this year’s chosen charity, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the BAI for granting us the license," he added.

"Of course, the station is so grateful to have so many people who aid in making it all happen by helping with the day to day running of the station".


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Chief Executive of the Temple Street Foundation, Denise Fitzgerald, also expressed her delight;

 “We are completely overwhelmed by the amount of love and support shown to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital over the course of the Christmas FM campaign."

"The goodwill and generosity of individuals, families, companies and communities up and down the country is hugely uplifting and will bring real and lasting difference to sick children in our critical care wards."

She made sure to thank the team at Christmas FM for choosing them as their charity campaign this year, as well as everyone who donated over the festive season.


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The station raised over €400,000 in just 30 days, which displays the power which radio holds to unite the country for a great cause.

Christmas FM is funded through sponsorship and more than 100 volunteers run the campaign on-air, devoting hundreds of hours of their time. 

Charity partners such as Sightsavers, ISPCC, Barnardos, Simon, Age Action, Aware, Make-A-Wish Ireland and Focus Ireland have been the former choice of the station.


They say a picture speaks a thousand words, but this piece of artwork has left us speechless.

Artists took to a boarded-up house in Ranelagh and created a heart-stopping reflection of the sad times we live in.

The housing crisis in Ireland has gone from bad to worse, whilst there are a number of properties lying unoccupied. 

According to Focus Ireland, more than one in three people in emergency accommodation is a child.

Their most recent figures report 3,867 children are living in emergency homeless accommodation with their families.

Reflecting their statistics, a snap of the street artwork was uploaded to SUBSET's Instagram page.


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It shows three men in balaclavas, one of which is trying to enter the property by force.

In each window of the house, the most vulnerable and innocent victims of the housing crisis are seen – children.

The artwork is in relation to Take Back The City – Dublin campaign, which is a movement currently taking over the city. 


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Simon Delaney and Glenda Gilson have teamed up with Radio Nova to help promote Radio NOVA’s 2018 ‘Help Our Homeless Radiothon'. 

The two-day charity event, will take place between February 28 and March 1 will see the much-loved Dublin station turn over its airwaves to raise vital funds from donations from the public and local businesses.

Now in its fourth year, the proceeds from this year's Radiothon will go to Focus Ireland – an organisation working to help people who are homeless or are at risk of losing their homes across Ireland.

A special call centre will be set-up at Radio Nova’s HQ in the Dublin’s Docklands with Focus Ireland staff manning the phones to accept donations during the 48 hour charity pledge drive.

Last year Focus Ireland supported over 700 households to move out of homelessness. However, the overall annual government figures for 2017 show a 17% increase in family homelessness. There was also a shocking 23% increase in the number of children homeless during this same period.

Latest figures show that 8,587 men, women and children are currently homeless.

Nova CEO Kevin Branigan said, “Over the last 3 years the Nova listeners have raised over €130,000.Their generosity up until now has been amazing and we’re convinced they will once again help us in our campaign to raise much needed funds for Focus Ireland.”

Tune in to Radio Nova to give what you can or visit homelessradiothon.ie for more information.


Guys, how exciting does this sound?

Celebrities have collaborated with Interiors store Goat in the Boat to create an art exhibition in aid of Focus Ireland, who works closely with people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes.

Sinead Price, Co-Director of Fundraising, Focus Ireland said “With Christmas fast approaching, the reality is there is a record number of homeless children, almost 40% of the total homeless figure.

This exhibition will help to make a difference to the 3,124 children who do not have a place to call home, and their families. Many people around North County Dublin and beyond are supporting this Exhibition and Auction, and our front line services in a variety of ways. We in Focus Ireland say a sincere thank you. It is very much appreciated.”

Focus Ireland believes that everyone has a right to a place they can call home, and we are completely with them. With 8,374 men, women and children homeless, Goat in the Boat collaborated with celebrities to raise funds for Focus Ireland. Celebrities met the challenge to paint creations inspired by what home means to them, influenced in no small part by the work of Focus Ireland, and their Mission statement.  

Bespoke paintings for this event have been created by the first lady of Celtic Music Moya Brennan, Dragon’s Den star Alison Cowzer, Model and Health and Wellness coach Alison Canavan, one of Ireland’s finest Sculptors Orla De Bri, TV Personality and Publisher Norah Casey, Former TD & Minister of State Liz O’Donnell, Entrepreneur Jackie Lavin, Businessman Bill Cullen, TV Presenter and Author Lorraine Keane, Peter Devlin from the Devlin’s, Journalist and recent participant on Celebrity Operation Transformation Triona McCarthy, Beauty Expert Laura Bermingham, Rugby Pundit Brent Pope, award winning blogger turned businesswoman Suzanne Jackson (SoSueMe), to name but a few.

Focus Ireland is driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong. Wrong because it is a failure of society that creates victims out of ordinary people and robs them of their potential. Wrong because it can be prevented it can be solved but is allowed to continue and in doing so undermines society. We need to challenge our society to think and act differently.

Jessica Nealon, Director, Goat in the Boat, said “Running an Interiors store, we witness the effort, care and love that customers have for their homes. 

We are extremely conscious that increasing numbers of individuals and families do not have a place to call home. As numbers of homeless continues to rise we decided to host an awareness & fundraising Initiative for Focus Ireland.  Focus Ireland offers an invaluable service to the community and we are honoured to be able to help in a small way their important work.   We would like to thank the celebrities and Focus Ireland for their input and collaboration.”

If you are unable to attend the event on Wednesday 29th of November, but would like to donate to Focus Ireland, you can at the following link: https://www.focusireland.ie/donate/from/cmasweb/

Sure, what else would you be doing on a Wednesday evening?


If you were tuned into Gogglebox Ireland last night, it's highly likely you were struck by a short film which played out in the programme's third ad break.

To the sound of U2's Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, viewers were exposed to the stark reality of youth homelessness in Ireland, and the tireless efforts made by Focus Ireland to support those caught in its cycle.

With a young woman named Lucy at its centre, the short film highlighted the importance of organisations like Focus Ireland, who seek to support young homeless people desperate to reintergrate after leaving State care.

The ad struck a chord with thousands of viewers last night, with many tweeting that the three-minute film compelled them to donate to the charity.

"Just saw this on tv. So moving and powerful. Have donated," wrote one while another added: "Saw this tonight blew me away there are no words…..powerful."

"Sad because it's true especially for so many people leaving care or in unsupported situations. The difference intervention and prevention can make is so life changing. Hats off to Bord Gais Energy for the leadership in promoting and matching this I'll be donating for sure."

If you didn't catch it during the Gogglebox Ireland slot last night, check it out here.