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Cork Celebrated in Style to Support New Enable Ireland Centre For Children With Disabilities

Aerial shot of attendees at fire and ice theme ball

For the second year running, the generous people of Cork turned out in force to support Enable Ireland’s Fire & Ice fundraising ball. The ball took place in the Clayton Hotel Cork City on Saturday night. Guest speaker was well-known Cork marketing professional Stephen Ryan and entertainment was provided by Après Match presenter Barry Murphy.  Marking the start of the festive season in Cork, the ball was a vital fundraiser supporting the development of the new Enable Ireland Service Centre and Respite House for children with disabilities in Cork.  

Attending the ball and showing their support for children with disabilities in Cork were many well know faces including Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney. Also in attendance on the night were Micheál Martin,TD and leader of Fianna Fail, Ann Doherty, the Cork City Manager, and Cllr Seamus McGrath, Cork Deputy County Mayor. It was an exciting night of glamour with entertainment provided by Velvet Duo, Phoenix Band and Keith Cunningham acting as MC for the night.

Stephen Ryan obtained a standing ovation for his speech which reflected on his time as a former service user of children’s services. “They gave me the support and encouragement that every child should get and that is why it is so important to get behind the new Children's Centre in Curraheen. Just because you are born with a physical disability does not mean that you cannot achieve. I truly believe in Enable Ireland's motto #LifeWithNoLimits as I am living proof that, with the right care, you can enable children to be who they want to be."
Niall Horgan, Director of Services, Enable Ireland commented on the evening, “It was incredible to see such a great turnout for the second year running and such generous support show by business community and the people of Cork. Thanks to their support we have been able to commence work on our state-of-the-art Children’s Services and Respite Centre already. The funds raised from this event will help to make the opening of our new centre in 2019 a reality.”

The ball was kindly sponsored by Kearys BMW with Corporate Life and Heineken sponsoring the drinks reception and Coole Swan sponsoring the after-dinner liqueur. Many local businesses donated prizes for the raffle and auction which generated over fifteen thousand euros for the charity. 

All profits from the ball will go towards completing the building of a new Children’s Service Centre and Respite House in Curraheen for children with disabilities in Cork.  Enable Ireland need to raise an additional €1.6million to complete the centre which will open in 2019.

About Enable Ireland in Cork
In 2016, Enable Ireland launched an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise €7.5million to build a state of the art Children’s Services Centre on a new site in Curraheen. Once operational, the new centre will house a hydrotherapy pool, therapy rooms and sensory rooms to accommodate the needs of current and future children with disabilities in Cork city and county. 

Enable Ireland has four service locations in Cork – children’s service at the Lavanagh Centre, an adult service centre in Little Island, a respite house in Ladysbridge and a residential house in Blackrock, to support independent living for adults with disabilities. There are also two Enable Ireland charity shops in Cork, on Oliver Plunkett Street and North Main Street. Profits from the shops support Enable Ireland disability services.