WATCH: Active Retirement Ireland Trade & Tourism Show Highlights

We were delighted to partner with Active Retirement Ireland  on their 2015 Trade and Tourism Show which took place on May 26th in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway. This event attracts 2,500 people in just one day and provides a great opportunity for ARI members to network, enjoy hands-on workshops and see what deals companies are offering.

We had our own videographer there to capture the atmosphere and below you will get to see for yourself what all the excitement is about. Well done to everyone at ARI for organising yet another fantastic event.

Thanks to Cormac, our videographer to catching a few words with the fabulous Ann Doyle too!

Cormac Staunton of Staunton Media captures Anne Doyle at the 2015 Active Retirement Ireland Trade and Tourism Show.

Cormac Staunton of Staunton Media captures Anne Doyle at the 2015 Active Retirement Ireland Trade and Tourism Show.


FREE Cookery Demo with TV3’s ‘The Restaurant’ Celebrity Chef in Drogheda

Chef Gary O’Hanlon kicks off nationwide series of cookery demos in the D Hotel on Monday 9th March. Book your free place now.

Gary penned our cookbook which last month was named charity cookbook of the year in Ireland and which will now go forward to the world Gourmand Cookbook Awards in June in China.

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Join Celebrity Chef from TV3’s The Restaurant and author of our cookbook Food for the Soul at the first in our nationwide series of cookery demos for 2015.

Watch the video of Gary talking about the cookbook.


Kieran Hallinan, Director of Bluebird Care North East says the event brings together people who love food, love to cook and who want to learn from the best. We are delighted to host this free event in Drogheda and I would like to extend an invitation to all members of the community and from the public, private and community and voluntary sectors to come along. Previous cookery demos in Limerick and Wexford have seen over 100 people attend.”

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and Gary will be signing copies of Food for the Soul on the night.

Register for the event here.

#ability2access Event in Navan – Highlights Videos

On Thursday 23rd October 2014, Newstalk’s Norah Casey chaired our first in a series of Disability events, “Equality for All. No Matter of Age or Ability.” #ability2access

The event saw a number of speakers including 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, the HSE and Special Olympics Ireland.

It was an evening of great spirit, empowerment, hope and inspiration and most of all it highlight ability not disability.

Our speakers discussed issues such as access to healthcare, independent living support, access to education, physical access to public and private buildings, disability hate crime community-based services.

Watch our videos from the event here. Our first video is the highlights of the night while below we have one-to-one interviews with Norah Casey and our speakers.


View the photos from the event here:


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