Cobh Playground Fundraising nears its target with a barbeque and mountain climb fundraisers organised for the coming weeks.
Bramley Lodge will host a barbeque for Cobh Playground Fundraising next Saturday, 12 August. The barbeque will run from 5-8pm and includes a full bar serving until late, and is priced at €19.50 per adult while kids eat for free. All manner of local produce will be on the grill including burgers, pork, Cork ‘Boi’ sausage, smoked sausage and more along with sides such as baked potatoes, artisan breads and a selection of salads.
“We are having a barbeque at the Bramley Lodge which includes a full bar until close,” said Ruairí de Barra, Public Relations Officer for Cobh Playground Fundraising. “All proceeds will go to Cobh playground. The owners [Gillian and Finbarr Kearney] are very generous in their support and for reaching out to help us.”
The barbeque comes a week before a large group of volunteers will climb Carrauntoohill of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks in County Kerry, which stands at 1,038 metres, or 3,406 feet, to raise money for Cobh Playground Fundraising.
“In three weekends’ time we have the Carrauntoohill climb,” said Mr de Barra. “We have received a huge response to it. We will have an update on the final number of participants soon, but we will have a massive turnout and we are really looking forward to it.”
Cobh Playground Fundraising was established in July 2015 and aims to supplant the under-equipped playgrounds at the Five Foot Way and the Promenade with an all-inclusive playground suitable for all children in the town, including those special needs or those who are differently-abled. Currently the group is €23,000 away from its total target of €180,000.
“We are only €23,000 away from the target,” said Mr de Barra. “The fund stands from [Tuesday, 1 August] at €157,041. That is simply remarkable. Given the size of the town the amount of support has been phenomenal. We would like to remind people that we cannot yet share the drawings of what the playground can or will look like as we have not yet awarded the tender to a company. That said people can still view the site on our website and as soon as we award the tender we will upload the successful company’s drawings for people to see.”
Should everything come off perfectly for Cobh Playground Fundraising within the next few months, the group could potentially break ground on the new playground at the very end of the year.
“All going well we could begin the tendering process in September,” said Mr de Barra, “and hopefully concluded it in October. If everything goes perfectly, we might possibly be breaking ground in late December, but that is only possible if we continue the push for the final €23,000.”

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