World Smile Day, 2nd October


Rugby star Ian Madigan, CLAPAI representative Sean Haughey, Professor Triona Sweeney and Anne McGillivary from the Cleft team at Temple Street

Operation Smile and the Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland are partnering to celebrate World Smile Day 2015 on Friday, 2nd October. We will be running several bucket collections around the country.

The confirmed Collection Points for October are…

October 1st, Thursday – Westport Mayo
October 2nd, Friday – Clonmel, Rathgar, Ranelagh, Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Stillorgan, Dalkey, Blackrock, Dunlaoghaire, Glasthule
October 3rd, Saturday – Wexford, Cahir, Clonmel, Howth,, Malahide, Portmarnaock, ,Rathgar, Ranelagh, Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Stillorgan, Dalkey, Blackrock, Dunlaoghaire, Glasthule, Bagpack Supervalu Firhouse
October 5th, Tuesday – Newbridge
October 6th, Wednesday – Cork
October 9th, Friday – Donegal, Gorey
October 10th, Saturday, – Naas, Letterkenny. Donegal
October 24th, Saturday – Mullingar

Dr David Orr who treats so many children here in Ireland tells of his experiences as a cleft surgeoin in Ethopia in the documentary “Behind a Smile“. It is truly inspiring. This year we want to raise money for the ongoing work of Operation Smile and for funding Speech Research in Ireland.

Grafton Street Bucket Collection, 16/17 May

Volunteers Needed! Read on…

It has been a very busy time for the Association since the fire that destroyed our entire stock of support material in Store-It . We would like to extend a BIG ‘Thank You’ to so many for the support, encouragement and donations made to date.

We are making progress on both the fundraising score and the preliminary work regarding ordering more materials.

On that note, we have two days bucket collecting planned for Grafton Street and in that regard we need help.


Grafton Street Bucket Collection Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May.
Working in two hour shifts we need 90+ volunteers
10am to Noon
Noon to 2pm
2pm to 4pm

If you or friends can help can you please email or text 087 1319803 or leave a message on our Facebook page.

RTÉ Liveline Interview, 5th May 2015

Our Chair, Georgina Wade, was interviewed by Damien O’Reilly (standing in for Joe Duffy) on the Liveline Show on RTÉ Radio One on Tuesday, 5th May.  George spoke about the recent fire at the storage facility in Ballymount and the consequences for the Association and those we serve. She also spoke about the wider work of the Association and cleft lip and palate. George was followed briefly by Vicky who spoke highly of the support she has received from the Association.

We must extend our sincere thanks to RTÉ and the Liveline Programme for the coverage they afforded the Association in its time of need and the time given to us to speak about cleft lip and palate and the role of the Association in supporting parents and those born with the condition. You can listen to the interview here:

The Interview on the RTÉ website.

Family Activity Day, 20th June 2015

Family Day 2014, Lough Ennell

Family Day 2014, Lough Ennell

Event: Family Activity Day

When: Saturday 20th June 2015 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Lilliput, Lough Ennell, Co. Westmeath.

The Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland is delighted to announce a return this year to Lilliput Adventure Centre, located just 10 minutes drive time from Mullingar (GPS Lat 53.445714 Long -7.4351689). Continue reading