Barretstown Celebrating 25 Years
2019 marks a very special year for Barretstown as we celebrate 25 years of continuing the legacy of Paul Newman. This milestone presents a great opportunity to showcase the impact of Barretstown over the past 25 years and raise vital funds to secure the next 25 years.
The heart of Barretstown remains the same, but the site here in Co Kildare has changed drastically since that first summer back in 1994. That year Barretstown welcomed 124 campers in total, with many of the activities housed in large tents. Since then, the transformation of our site has seen the facilities grow and develop to now serve over 8,000 campers per year, both on-site and around Ireland through our Outreach Programmes.
More than two decades ago, Paul Newman had a vision: ‘imagine if children living with serious illness had the chance to simply be children. To just have fun’. So, he started a camp where kids could, in his words, “raise a little hell”. Today, we continue Paul’s legacy as an independently financed and managed camp.
25 Years in figures
1994 - 2019
124 campers to 8,339 campers