On Thursday 5th May we were delighted to officially open Paul’s Hideout here in Barretstown, our new accommodation building for our amazing volunteers at camp. It was an honour to welcome an Taoiseach Micheál Martin to Barretstown to officially launch this new building.
Named in honour of Barretstown founder Paul Newman, Paul’s Hideout is the newest addition to the Barretstown campus. Designed by MDO Architects and built by Flynn Construction, the contemporary lodge style building has three levels of accommodation for our ever-increasing numbers of volunteers who come and stay in Barretstown to help make the magic happen.
Each year we must raise over €7m to deliver our programmes and this does not include funding for capital projects such as Paul’s Hideout, so we are hugely grateful to the generous supporters who helped to make this project a reality.
We would especially like to thank Cameron Ryan of the CDR Philanthropic Foundation, the late Brendan McGonnell, Alvaro Blasco, Blasco Solicitors and Gerald Kean who introduced us to the Department of Justice Immigrant Investor Programme and the Irish Government. A special thank you also to the Office of Public Works and Kildare County Council for their ongoing support.
Paul’s Hideout will be home to our volunteers and is a fantastic addition to the magic of Barretstown.