Barretstown offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness – supported behind the scenes by 24 hour on site medical and nursing care.
All of the children and families come to Barretstown free of charge. Everything, including accommodation, food and medical assistance are provided at no cost to the family.
Barretstown is supported by donations and the fundraising efforts of corporate supporters, individuals and community groups.
Barretstown is recognised as a centre of excellence in childhood cancer care and other serious illnesses. Children are referred to Barretstown based on their medical needs.
Since we first opened our gates in 1994 we have brought the magic of Barretstown to over 30,000 campers.
Barretstown’s mission is to rebuild the lives of children affected by serious illness and their families. We believe that every child with a serious illness should enjoy their childhood.
More than two decades ago, Paul Newman had a vision: imagine if children living with serious illness had the chance to simply be children. To just have fun. So he started a camp where kids could, in his words,“raise a little hell.”
Today, we continue Paul’s legacy as an independently financed and managed camp. Barretstown is a proud member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, a growing global community of independently managed and financed camps and programs, Paul’s legacy.
Established in 1994, with the generous donation of our 500 acre estate by the Irish Government, Barretstown was the first camp of its kind to be opened outside the USA and the third camp founded by Paul.