Disability Seminars to Debate Hard Hitting Issues

Newstalk’s Bobby Kerr to chair free seminars hosted by Bluebird Care

Newstalk’s Bobby Kerr will chair a series of disability-themed seminars addressing issues affecting people with disabilities in Ireland today.

“Equality for All. No Matter of Age or Ability” will be held in Navan on Thursday 23rd October 2014 and in Ennis on Wednesday 19th November at 7.00pm.

The events will see a number of speakers including people with disabilities discuss access to healthcare, independent living support, access to education, physical access to public and private buildings, disability hate crime and HSE services.

Speakers include Disability Hate Crime Researcher Frank Larkin from Letterkenny; Access Campaigner and 2014 Spirit of Northern Ireland Finalist, Dermot Devlin from Omagh; Stephen Cluskey, Social Entrepreneur and founder of, HSE representatives and the Midway Charity.

Both events are free to attend. 


Register for the Navan event.

Call Bluebird Care Meath 046 9090 333



Register for the Ennis event.

Call Bluebird Care Clare 065 686 8222




Chef Gary O'Hanlon with Active Retirement Ireland President Mai Quaid

Cookbook Launched to Support Active Retirement Ireland

Celebrity chef Gary O’Hanlon, Head Chef at Viewmount House in Longford, was in the opulent surrounds of the Slieve Russell Hotel last week to launch his debut cookbook.

Food for the Soul is a collection of Gary’s favourite home-cooked recipes. The cookbook is published by homecare company Bluebird Care which has 24 offices nationwide.

The cookbook will raise money for Active Retirement Ireland, which has 24,500 members across Ireland.

Food for the Soul could be described as ‘food for the soul, stories from the heart’ as Gary has a personal back-story for each recipe, putting his unique stamp on the book.

Gary says, “We have four sections in the cookbook – Starters, Snack, Mains and Desserts. We also have a ‘How-to-Guide’ for the more difficult recipes. I am really excited to partner with Bluebird Care on this project. They are a company that spends lots of time, energy and investment on projects to benefit other people and other organisations. I am pleased that my very first cookbook is one that is going to raise money for Active Retirement Associations across Ireland.”

Not only has Bluebird Care produced this cookbook for sale nationwide they have also commissioned a series of complementary online videos showing Gary cook each dish which are available to view on their website.

Director of Operations for Bluebird Care, Eddie O’Toole says, “We have long-held the view that good home cooking is very important to our customers who live in their own homes. We are in the homes of thousands of people every day right across Ireland and we understand the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. We asked Gary to write the cookbook for us and to devise recipes that had home-cooking at the heart of them. There are dishes for everyone – the beginner, intermediate or advanced home-cook.”

The cookbook was designed and edited by Media Box owned by Joanne Sweeney-Burke also from Gary’s homeland of Donegal. Joanne and Gary started off their careers together as dishwasher and potwasher at the award-winning Rosapenna Hotel in Downings so this collaboration is a special one for them.

The cookbooks are available for sale at €10 from Bluebird Care Offices nationwide or online here.

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Bluebird Care Galway – National Award Nominee, Job Opportunities & Continued Investment in Quality Care

Later this month Bluebird Care will attend the National Q Mark Awards in Dublin in recognition of their commitment to excellence in quality homecare. Bluebird Care in Galway has been shortlisted for Homecare Company of the Year while the national organisation has been shortlisted for Business Group of the Year.

Sean Lyons, Director of Bluebird Care in Galway says the nominations are a reflection of their investment in and commitment to quality care. “It’s no surprise that we are shortlisted for Business Group of the Year for two consecutive years. We won the award last year and we have built on that success this by continuing to invest in quality standards.

“I am particularly pleased that our office in Galway has been nominated for Homecare Company of the Year and this is simply due to the hard work and commitment of our entire team led by Carolyn Corless who consider care a career and not just a job.’

Bluebird Care has been operating in Galway City and County for the past six years and are experiencing year-on-year growth. Sean Lyons says this is good news for the local economy as they recently launched yet another recruitment campaign.

“In the past 12 months we have recruited 11 new staff and at the moment we are hiring 10 Care Assistants. We will host a Recruitment Open Day at our offices in Parkmore on Saturday 13th September from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

All job seekers are invited to drop in for more information or they can apply by sending a CV to or apply online at For more information call 091 4 800 48. Flexible hours are available.

Bluebird Care Shortlisted in 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards

Bluebird Care has been shortlisted for the Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Awards for our series of An EngAGEment with Bluebird Care events. The awards now in their eleventh year are organised by Chambers Ireland.

News of the CSR Awards and the shortlist made the Sunday Business Post newspaper – download the article here: Sunday Business Post July 20th 2014

Shortlist for Chambers Ireland’s Eleventh Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Awards Announced

Chambers Ireland has today (16/07/14) announced the shortlist for the 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. Celebrating their eleventh year, the Awards continue to go from strength to strength with a record number of applications once again received this year. 

The Awards are partnered with Business in the Community Ireland, sponsored by BAM Contractors and run in association with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. The winners will be presented with award pieces from Tipperary Crystal’s Rosemount range. 

Announcing the shortlist, Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive said, “This year we once again received a record number of applications to the awards. Just under half of those were new entrants which highlights how rapidly CSR has grown in recent years. More and more companies are making CSR a core part of their business and these awards are an opportunity to recognise that commitment. I wish all on the shortlist the best of luck. 

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly T.D. continued “I am delighted to see the commitment that companies across Ireland continue to make to their local communities, to sustainable business practices and to environmental concerns. It is these companies that strengthen Ireland’s reputation as an excellent place to live and work. I know this year’s applications were of exceptional quality and I congratulate all those on the shortlist.”

Tina Roche, CEO of Business in the Community Ireland added “Business in the Community Ireland, as the network for Corporate Responsibility, seeks the outcome of responsible and sustainable business practices. Recent research has shown that organisational culture and the level of employee engagement are key drivers of business performance. These shortlisted companies show that their best practice, from their environmental to their workplace practices, is directed towards building a culture of innovation and excellence. Congratulations to all on the shortlist.”

Theo Cullinane, Chief Executive BAM Group Ireland, concluded “I wish all the shortlisted candidates the best of luck in the Awards. Since our initial involvement with the CSR Awards several years ago, I’ve been hugely impressed with the initiatives showcased each year across a range of sectors. A focus on people and planet has always been the driving ethos of BAM, and it is encouraging to see so many organisations across Ireland with CSR at the heart of their business.”

Awards will be presented for Excellence in Community (sub-divided into Partnership with Charity, Community Programme and Volunteering), Environment – sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, Marketplace, Workplace, Communication, International CSR and CSR by an SME. One company will also be presented with the Outstanding Achievement in CSR Award at the ceremony in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road, Dublin 4 on Thursday 18th September.

Chambers Ireland – Ireland’s largest business network creating the best environment for members locally, regionally and nationally.

Complete 2014 Shortlist
Excellence in CSR Communication
  • Bluebird Care – An EngAGEment with Bluebird Care
  • Dell – Spread the word for Daffodil Day 2014
  • Intel – Stakeholder Communications
  • Lidl Ireland – Lidl and Barretstown – Choose to be part of the magic
Excellence in Community – Partnership with Charity – LIC
  • Dublin Airport Authority – DAA Staff Charity Of The Year Programme – Supporting Irish Charities
  • eircom – eircom & Special Olympics Ireland (SOI) – The Partnership
  • Lidl Ireland – Choose to be part of the Magic – Lidl and Barretstown
  • Telecom Internet Federation – IBEC – 116 123 Samaritans Ireland Free to Call Number
  • Ulster Bank – One Week in June
Excellence in Community – Partnership with Charity – MNC
  • BNY Mellon – BNY Mellon and Dublin Simon Community Partnership
  • Boots Ireland – Boots Ireland & the Irish Cancer Society
  • Covidien – Covidien/Irish Heart Foundation Blood Pressure Roadshow
  • Dell Ireland – #DAFFODILDAY2014
  • M&S Ireland – Marks & Spencer Ireland’s Charity Partnership with the Marie Keating Foundation
  • Microsoft Ireland – Youth2Work
  • Vodafone – Vodafone Ireland & Young Social Innovators ‘Go Do’ Partnership
Excellence in Community – Community Programme – LIC
  • Aramark Ireland – Building Community Day
  • Bord Gais Networks – Science Forward
  • DHR Communications – DHR Working with and for The Liberties
  • Dublin Airport Authority – Giving Something Back
  • EirGrid – EIRGRID SMART LEARNING PROGRAMME – Educational Outreach on STEM and Power
  • Eversheds – The Eversheds School Sports Day for Barretstown
  • IPB Insurance – The IPB Youth and Community Fund
  • KBC Bank Ireland – Promoting inclusion and music in the community– feel the music
  • Lidl Ireland – Lidl and Crosscare – Partnering to create Ireland’s first structured food donation programme
Excellence in Community – Community Programme – MNC
  • Citi – Access Outreach Programmes at UCD Access Centre and DCU Access Office
  • Diageo Ireland – Arthur Guinness Projects
  • HP in Ireland – HP Employee Volunteer Program – Blood Platelet Donations
  • Intel Ireland – Mini Scientist
  • KPMG – Get Cents with WALK
  • Microsoft Ireland – Microsoft: IT for Non-Profits
  • MSD – MSD International Neighbour of Choice Programme
  • Shell E&P Ireland – Corrib Natural Gas: Social Investment Programme for Educational Inclusiveness
  • SSE Airtricity – The SSE Airtricity Community Fund Programme for Ireland
Excellence in Community – Volunteering – LIC
  • A&L Goodbody – Volunteering for Step Up – A&L Goodbody’s Community Programme
  • TTM Healthcare – Volunteer @ TTM: helping to shape all of our communities
  • Ulster Bank – Jobnet: helping unemployed get back to work
Excellence in Community – Volunteering – MNC
  • Abbott Ireland – Abbott Ireland & Junior Achievement Partnership – Supporting Schools in the Community
  • BT Ireland – The Great BT Charity Shops Challenge
  • Citi – The Citi Volunteers Programme
  • Dell Ireland – Powering the Possible: Dell Ireland Gives Back to the Community
  • O2 – Employee volunteering for O2’s charity partner, Headstrong, The National Centre for Youth Mental Health
  • Oracle – Leadership in Society (LIS)
  • SSE Airtricity – The SSE Airtricity Community at Heart Volunteering Programme
Excellence in Environment – LIC – Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Abbott Ireland – Abbott Ireland’s Waste, Water & Energy Programme (2009-2013)
  • Dawn Meats – Dawn Meats Sustainability
  • ESB – Ardnacrusha Station Sustainable Generation Initiative
Excellence in Environment – MNC– Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency
  • AbbVie Ireland – AbbVie Ireland Operations – Reducing, Reusing and Recycling
  • Dell – Dell Cherrywood Planet Team; Dell Green Technology
  • Heineken – “Brewing a Better Future” – Our sustainability vision
Excellence in International CSR
  • Arthur Cox – Zambia Project
  • Deloitte – The Consultancy for Change Volunteering Trip
  • IBM Ireland – IBM Corporate Service Corps Program
Excellence in Marketplace
  • Abbott Ireland – Abbott Nutrition Hospital to Home programme
  • EirGrid – Smart Grid Innovation Hub
  • MSD – MSD Cardio‐Metabolic Nurse Screening Service
  • Ulster Bank – Enabling Social Impact:  Banking for the Non-Profit sector
Excellence in CSR by an SME
  • BCP Asset Management – BCP Staff Volunteering Programme
  • Colbert & Co – C&C Paperless Office
  • Hayes Culleton – Introducing Wall Street to the Classroom
  • The Carmabola Ltd – Carambola Kidz Foundation-sponsored Library at St Thomas’ SNS, Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin
  • Three Q Recruitment – Celebrate Nurses our Everyday Heroes (#Celebratenurses)
Excellence in Workplace – LIC
  • ESB – Positive Mental Health Promotion among ESB Staff
  • KBC Bank Ireland – Grass Roots Peer Supporter System
Excellence in Workplace – MNC
  • Abbott Ireland – LiveLifeWell – Mental Health Awareness campaign
  • Aviva Health & HP – The Power of Prevention
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car – Enterprise Founding Values – Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
  • Janssen Supply Chain Ireland – Fit4life is Janssen Supply Chain Ireland Health Promoting Team
  • O2 – O2 Quest
  • Oracle – Enhancing Lifeskills Programme
*LIC – Large Indigenous Company
*MNC – Multinational Company
Judging Panel
The independent judging panel is made up of respected individuals working in various fields. The panel act independently at all times. This year’s judging panel is as follows:
Round One Judging Panel
  • Mr. Cathal Divilly, Managing Director, Great Place to Work
  • Ms. Deirdre Garvey, Chief Executive, The Wheel
  • Ms. Bernie Gray, Board Member, Business in the Community Ireland
  • Ms. Karen O’Leary, Chief Executive, National Consumer Agency
  • Mr. Alan Ryan, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Round Two Judging Panel
  • Mr. John Cunningham, Chair, Immigrant Council of Ireland
  • Mr. Seán McLaughlin, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
  • Mr. Maura Quinn, Chief Executive, Institute of Directors
  • Mr. Tomás Sercovich, Director of Communications and Industrial Relations, Forética
  • Mr. Martin Tobin, CEO, European Recycling Platform