A magical garden with hidden burrows, bridges, wishing trees and Barretstown’s iconic red door, which won the People’s Choice award at Bloom this year, has been transplanted to Barretstown and officially unveiled by 30 Glanbia employees including local men James Byrne and Brian O’Malley.
The garden, which was designed by award winning landscape architect Tim Austen, is a lasting legacy which recognises the five year partnership between Glanbia and Barretstown.
During that time €1.6 million was raised for the children’s charity which was set up by the late Paui Newman, 20 years ago this year.
James Byrne Marketing Manager at CountryLife Monasterevin was part of the team that contributed to the fundraising efforts for the charity and on Monday he along with Brian, was recognized for his efforts.
“I am delighted to have been part of something that clearly makes a difference to lives of sick children. The effects of our fundraising efforts over the years are clear to be seen in Barretstown today and I am honoured and proud to have been part of the Glanbia team that made it all possible,” said James.
The unveiling of the garden coincided with a recognition day for over 30 Glanbia champions who have spearheaded the fundraising efforts over the past five years. Chief Executive of Barretstown Dee Ahearn said that it was a very special year for Barretstown.
“This is a very special year for Barretstown as we celebrate our 20th anniversary,” she said.
“Since we were established by the acting legend Paul Newman in 1994, we have welcomed over 27,000 campers to Barretstown and we could not have accomodated so many without the generous support of companies like Glanbia.”
Barretstown provides therapeutic recreation programmes for children with serious illnesses and their families. It provides a space where children can explore and have fun.