The Funbarr Challenge: 20 June 2020, 70 challenges over 21 countries!

We should have been having our Family Activity Day this Saturday but COVID-19 has stopped us in our tracks.

However, it has not stopped this group of fundraisers that are taking part in activities all over the world to raise funds for our CLAPAI.

Check out the link below or search Go Fund Me for Funbarr fundraiser. You will be amazed by how many people are involved.

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Smile, it’s Autumn!

It is that wonderful time of year again when the world appreciates smiles, and smiles of all types. It is also the time of year when charities around the world that help people with facial differences come together to both campaign for the people they represent and also to fundraise.

We’d love you to send us in your photos and also to help us fundraise this year. We are partnering with Operation Smile, a charity that supports operations for children with clefts across the developing world.

We are encouraging local communities to help us out this October by having tea mornings, bakes sales at work or school, book clubs and any other idea you can think off to raise money for us and Operation Smile.

If you want to get in touch, or if you are interested in helping us out please contact

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World Smile Day, 2nd October


Rugby star Ian Madigan, troche 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… Continue reading

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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.

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Disaster Strikes… We Now Need Your Help!

Disaster struck the Association today when the the storage unit in Ballymount where we have all our maternity packs, leaflets, bottles and family day stuff was destroyed by fire… the cost and time it will take to replace our stock  is frightening.

We have to quickly raise funds to reprint and replace the lot so we can keep maternity hospitals stocked and parents supplied… please, please contribute if you can and help us replenish our stock.

To help, visit our  Donate page and contribute if you can, what you can. No sum is too small. And Thank You.

[Update, 1st May] Read about the Association’s loss in

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Darran Brennan’s Running Year

Darran Brennan

Darran Brennan

Congratulations to committee member Darran Brennan who was published on the front page of Finn Valley Voice recently (Vol. 6 Issue 80, 18th February 2015). Darran talks about being born with cleft, self- confidence, and becoming a trustee for CLAPAI. A very good day for CLAPAI.

Read Opinion Piece, Darran Brennan (pdf).

Furthermore, Darran Brennan’s Running Year can be sponsored on

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Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon – Open for Entries

Vhi Women’s Mini MarathonThe 2015 Women’s Mini Marathon is now open for entries. For all those wonderful women entering to raise funds for CLAPAI, contact for sponsorship cards.

Closing date for entries: 17th April.

We also have a facility to incorporate sponsorship on MYCHARITY.IE . We are aiming to raise €30,000 this year for Speech Therapy Research. If you wish to either raise funds or donate please don’t hesitate to contact

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Flora Women's Mini-marathonThe Flora Women’s 10k Mini-marathon is on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd June 2014. As ever, we need YOUR help. Sponsorship cards and T-shirts can be arranged by contacting Anne Gilsenan at 087 131 9803, or by email at Continue reading

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Charity Night Fundraiser

A charity night fundraiser is being held in aid of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland in St. Maur’s GAA Club, Rush, County Dublin, on Friday the 5th April. Doors open at 8.30pm. There will be both a live band (The Hitmen) and a DJ present.

For tickets please contact either
Eoin Boyle on 086 8599273, or
Colm Leonard on 086 8092581

Tickets cost €10, and this is a ticket-only event.

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Fundraising Event, Limerick City, 5th May 2013

Re. Marathon, marathon-relay, half marathon and 6 mile run on 5th May 2013 in and around Limerick city.

If participants could fundraise on behalf of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland your efforts can go a long way towards assisting
(1) the funding, purchase, installation and fit out of the children’s and adolescents’ waiting room in the National Maxillofacial Centre in St James’s Hospital in Dublin, and
(2) the provision of maternity packs and emergency bottle supplies.

We would be most grateful for your efforts towards raising funds for these worthy causes!

You can email me, Anne Gilsenan (Treasurer), at, and  I will get back in touch with you to organise t-shirts and sponsorship cards etc.

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