Childhood stops for seriously ill children.
At Barretstown we Press Play on childhood

Join us in our pop-up shop to experience some of the Serious Fun of Barretstown. Enjoy some free family fun and take your photo in our hot air balloon!

Plus, all children visiting the pop-up shop are invited to contribute to a beautiful work of art by renowned Irish artist Peter Monaghan – that will hang in Barretstown to be enjoyed for years by our campers.

Come down and help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary and help us Press Play on childhood.


Opening Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 10am – 4pm
                        Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 7pm

Opening Saturday 2nd February until Sunday 23rd February.


About Barretstown
Serious illness puts childhood and normal family life on hold. At Barretstown we press play on childhood. Barretstown offers free, specially designed residential camps at our site in Co Kildare, and programmes throughout Ireland, for children and their families, living with a serious illness. Barretstown is designed to respond directly to the needs of a child living with a serious illness – both clinical and psychological. Our Therapeutic Recreation model is recognised by paediatricians and psychologists all over the world as an important and necessary component of a child’s treatment and recovery

 Families always talk of how a diagnosis of serious illness means that normal family life stops, everything becomes about the sick child and the fight to save their life. Barretstown helps children and their families deal with the emotional and physiological scars often left after months and years of treatment. Hospitals treat the illness but Barretstown treats the child.

With the funds we currently have, we are reaching as many children as we can. However, there are thousands of seriously ill children that we cannot yet reach. Barretstown needs to run more camps and programmes for seriously ill children. It needs to be able to serve children who are in hospital and too sick to leave. You can make this happen. You can help to take their childhood off pause.

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