Firhouse Family Festival


We hope the whole country appreciated all the hard work and prayers that went into organising the good weather for the Family Festival at Firhouse Carmelites on Sunday last. Although we only wanted it specifically for our Festival, we were happy to share the beautiful sunshine with the rest of the country too. Thanks to the fine weather, we had a huge turnout, with families using the occasion to relax in the grounds of the Carmelite Monastery, while their children played Field Games in complete safety.

The Garda Band performed during the Festival, and entertainment included story-telling, model railway exhibition, photography exhibition, cake sale, garden plants, art & craft stalls, raffles, sale of work, and many other activities.

The Mayor of South Dublin, Cllr Cathal King attended as Guest of Honour, and took the occasion to launch a range of South Dublin post cards, depicting wildlife and scenery of the region. The postcards were designed and produced to raise funds for the Harambee Education Fund at IT Tallaght, and can be purchased online at:

All proceeds from our Festival will be donated to the following very worthwhile causes:

HARAMBEE, meaning ‘working together for the common good’, or ‘Meitheal’ in Irish, is an entirely voluntary initiative of students and staff at IT Tallaght, providing secondary education scholarships to children living in desperate conditions in the Mukuru slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

MINDANAO (Philippines) Flood Disaster Fund
Recent flooding in the Philippines has caused devastation to poor communities, particularly on the island of Mindanao, where many people lost their lives, with homes and businesses destroyed. We hope, in some small way, to alleviate some of the suffering for the unfortunate people of Mindanao, and to help them rebuild their lives and their community.

The prize-winners in our Monster Raffle were as follows:

  • 1st €500 (Cash Prize) C. Tallon
  • 2nd 2 Nights B&B for 2 Sharing (Gresham 4* Hotel, Dublin) J. Delaney
  • 3rd 1 Night B&B for 2 Sharing, Killashee House Hotel, Naas R. Manly
  • 4th €100 Shopping Voucher (Supervalu Firhouse) M. White
  • 5th €25 Voucher, (Newlands Garden Centre) P. Copaz
  • 6th €25 Voucher, (Newlands Garden Centre) P. Bent

All Prizes have now been claimed































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