Christmas in June, a fundraising event by Barbara Dowling.

Event Date: 26th June 2022

My name is Barbara Dowling and I am putting together an exceptionally large choir for a fundraising and awareness concert for Brain Tumour Ireland. 

This concert will be held in the WIT arena in Waterford on June 26th 2022. The choir will be accompanied by an orchestra of 200+ who will be traveling from all over Ireland, Europe, Great Britain and the USA in order to participate, all at their own expense. 

This concert will be quite unusual as it will be a full programme of Christmas music (yes in June!), but the majority of the arrangements are pieces that have never been performed here before. The Orchestral and Choral aspects of the production will be spearheaded by Liam Daly, Dr. Kevin O’ Carroll, Niall Crowley and Éimear Noone

All of the monies raised through ticket sales are going directly to Brain Tumour Ireland (CHY20506). This will not be an event where 3/4’s of the funds raised are going to cover expenses.. all funds are for the charity.

I really hope that you will be willing to give your time to enjoy this… just think of all the reacquainting that will happen, the craic and probably the bedlam that will be involved!!

A brief explanation behind the reasoning of this project:

Within 48 hours in July of 2019, I was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, multiple sclerosis and thyroid cancer. It’s taken a while to get things sorted but it’s getting there! The tumour will stay where it is, a slow growing one that will eventually turn cancerous. The MS will be treated shortly now that the radioactive iodine treatment is finished and I’m delighted to say that I am now cancer-free! I’m lucky as the form of MS that I have is called relapsing-remitting MS and can be stopped from progressing once the treatment starts. It won’t fix the current issues but may ease them (which basically for me means I may get my full sight back, get full power back to the arms, fingers and legs, say goodbye to the tremors in the hands and best of all, some bit of balance so I don’t walk like the one that’s been on the bottle since early morning!

Throughout all this, I came in contact with an organisation called Brain Tumour Ireland (BTI) who have been unreal. There to steer you in the direction of help and advice, random check-ins just to make sure you’re doing ok and mostly not in your face but yet ever-present with support.

Why do I want to do this concert in June?

Simply because not everyone can wait for Christmas….

Tickets for this event go on sale from the 26th February via this link , tickets cost €25, included in ticket price is a glass of Mulled wine or a Hot Chocolate.

Doors open at 6.30 for a 7.30pm start. There will be plenty to see, hear and explore before entering the auditorium.

Thank you for your interest, support and we look forward to welcoming you to our Christmas in June event!


Thank you to everyone who took part in Wear A Hat Day 2021!


It was great to see so many hat selfies being shared online on Wear A Hat Day. Here is a sample of the fantastic hats. For more, check out our social media.


Thank you to everyone who donated to our working in supporting brain tumour patients and their families. You can still donate €4 by texting BTI to 50300, or for more ways to donate, please see here.




Congratulations to our #WearAHatDay winners! Winner of the beautiful Lina Stein hat for overall best selfie and for being a great advocate for the brain tumour community is @worth_fighting4. Additional prizes for these other great hat pics go to @dmuid, @naionra_na_nog, @alannahandpolly and @therailwaybarbundoran. Thanks to everyone for taking part and helping to raise awareness and funds on #WearAHatDay. Huge thanks also to Lina Stein for judging the competition as well as all her wonderful support this week, including the generous donation of this beautiful hat, and the fantastic fascinator workshop for some of our front line heroes!

We are also delighted to announce the winners of our #HatsOffHeroes campaign.
The three heroes (names drawn from a hat) win a €250 voucher for Ireland’s Blue Book. 
The three people who have nominated their heroes also each win a €100 voucher from Press Up Entertainment Group.
Thanks to everyone who nominated their heroes this #BrainTumourAwarenessWeek. We were delighted to be able to highlight the valuable contributions of the every day heroes who support the brain tumour community in Ireland.

We would like to say a massive thank you to milliner Lina Stein for being our official milliner for the 2021 Brain Tumour Awareness Week. We are so grateful to Lina for judging the hat competition and the generous donation of a beautiful hat as a prize. Lina was also extremely generous in giving a fantastic fascinator making workshop for some of our front line heroes! Learn more about Lina’s work here.

The annual Family Day that we usually host in Barretstown Camp will be taking place online this year on Sunday 6th December 11am-12:30pm.

There will be games, arts and crafts, Christmas decorations, and even a visit from a special Elf!

This free event is open to families affected by brain tumours.

We hope you will join us!

Email to register your free place and we will send you all the details you need.

Brain Tumour Awareness Week 2020 is taking place from Monday, 19th to Friday, 23rd October.

This year, we’re shining a light on the impact of paediatric brain tumours, raising awareness of the impact that such a condition has on children and their families.

We have a series of online events running throughout the week designed to support the families of children diagnosed with brain tumours.


The full programme of events is as follows:

Monday 19th October – 11.30am

‘Impact on Siblings When a Child has been Diagnosed with a Brain tumour’
Peter Hanlon, PhD, Journey Through Loss

Tuesday 20th October – 11.30am

‘Talking to Children about Bereavement and Loss’
Maura Keating, Irish Childhood Bereavement Network

Wednesday 21st October – 11am

‘The Importance of Taking Care of Yourself as a Parent’
Bryan Nolan, Training & Facilitation Consultant Specialising in Grief and Loss

Thursday 22nd October – 3.00pm

‘Barretstown Live: Activity Extravaganza!’
An Hour of Games and Activities with the Barretstown Gang

Friday 23rd October: #WearAHatDay


Win a Michelle Treacy Hat for best selfie competition


Please contact to sign up for your chosen events.


Wear A Hat Day

As part of the awareness week, we’re also holding the annual #WearAHatDay, taking place on Friday, 23rd October, – we’re asking you to get involved!

All you have to do is put on your favourite hat on Friday, 23rd October, take a selfie and post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use #WearAHatDay, then text BTI to 50300 to donate €4 to Brain Tumour Ireland.


From fedoras to fascinators- anything goes!

There’s also a prize for the ’best selfie’ – a generously donated bespoke hat from milliner Michelle Treacy! Check out her talents at

An important public notice was placed in newspapers by Beaumont Hospital this weekend.

If you or an adult family member were treated for a brain tumour at Beaumont Hospital between 29 November 1987 and 7 August 2018 you should consult this website here.

The website describes a study being conducted by Beaumont Hospital and it explains how you or your family member can be excluded from the research if you so choose.

All queries in relation to the study can be directed to or by calling 017977726.

Brain Tumour Ireland is holding a Family Day at Barretstown Camp, Co. Kildare!

It takes place on Sunday, 9th December, 2018 from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

This is a free event for children who have been affected by a brain tumour, as well as their siblings, parents and grandparents.

We hope you will join us for a day of carefree fun for all. Activities include Christmas decoration making and general arts and crafts; baking; archery; the climbing wall; the zipline; crazy golf; lego and lots of other fun games!

Pre- registration is essential. For any queries please contact



On Friday, 26th October, we’re asking you to support #WearAHatDay and help Brain Tumour Ireland to raise much-needed funds to deliver patient support and information services, raise awareness of brain tumours and their symptoms, and fund research.

Over 400 brain tumours are diagnosed in Ireland each year; it’s a diagnosis that can be truly overwhelming for patients and their families. Every #WearAHatDay donation made will contribute to our work on behalf of patients and their families.

It’s easy to take part and will certainly brighten up your bank holiday Friday! All you have to do is:

  1. Put on a hat – whether it’s your most extravagant fascinator, your own creation, or your favourite beanie.
  2. Take a photo of you wearing the hat.
  3. Share the picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #WearAHatDay.
  4. Text BTI to 50300 to donate €4. (100% of your donation goes to Brain Tumour Ireland across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means a minimum of €3.25 will go to Brain Tumour Ireland. Service Provider LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278)
  5. Ask your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.

#WearAHatDay takes places as part of International Brain Tumour Awareness Week (20 – 27 October).

You can find out more about the supports Brain Tumour Ireland provide here, and more information about Brain Tumour Ireland here.

Don’t forget to make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use the hashtag #WearAHatDay.


Pictured / News 12052017.
Twitter nominated Brain Tumour Ireland as their charity of the year for 2017 after a colleague was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016. As part of their fundraising efforts the Twitter Dublin staff organised #WearAHatDay. The idea is for employees to wear hats to work to raise awareness of brain tumours and donate to Brain Tumour Ireland.
Pictured from left is x
For more information please see To donate 4euro to the cause on Wear a Hat Day text BTI to 50300.
Photo Chris Bellew / Fennells



Brain Tumour Ireland is holding a Wellness Day on Sunday, 20th May in the Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork.

This free event is open to brain tumour patients as well as family members and carers. In addition to benefiting from the scheduled sessions, previous participants have reported the positives of meeting with other brain tumour patients and sharing experiences and advice.

The event will start at 10am and will finish at approximately 3pm.

Lunch will be provided.

You can register your free place by emailing
(Places are limited).


We have some wonderful sessions planned for the day:
(1)  Mindfulness,
(2) Nutrition,
(3) Music Therapy.

The full outline of the day is available here.


Entries for the 2018 VHI Women’s Mini Marathon are now open!

We would be delighted to include you in the Brain Tumour Ireland team for this year’s event,  which takes place on SUNDAY 3rd June.

We will be in D2 Bar , Harcourt St on the day to mind your bags and provide some well deserved post-race refreshments and nibbles!

By joining the Brain Tumour Ireland team you will be helping to fund brain tumour research as well as our work in supporting brain tumour patients and their families.

It’s easy to sign up! Follow the simple three step process here:

So come on everybody let’s get those runners on, and help make this an even bigger event than last year. We do hope you will join us and we look forward to seeing you on the 3rd of June!



Win a prize!

By joining the Brain Tumour Ireland mini marathon team you could also win a prize!

We are giving away a brand new pair of Asics runners to one lucky winner 

There are 2 steps to be in with a chance to win-
1. Like and share this Facebook post tagging 5 of your Facebook friends
2. Register for the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon and join the Brain Tumour Ireland mini marathon team here

Thanks to all who’ve entered so far. We will announce the winner the week after the mini marathon registration closes.

If you join us in D2 on the day there will also be some spot prizes for people on the Brain Tumour Ireland team!



Donate to Brain Tumour Ireland to support brain tumour patients and help to fund brain tumour research here in Ireland.

There are 3 ways to help:


1. Donate directly 

Bank of Ireland Naas

IBAN: IE97BOFI90123915509678


2. Donate through our page on

You can access our page here.

It allows you to donate or set up your own page if you are running a specific fundraiser.



3. Text BTI to 50300 to donate €4

A minimum of €3.25 will go to Brain Tumour Ireland as some operators apply VAT. 100% of your donation goes to Brain Tumour Ireland across most network operators. Service Provider LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278



As a fully registered member of the Charities Regulator, Brain Tumour Ireland is compliant with all rules and regulations concerning fundraising, both online and traditional.

Brain Tumour Ireland
Registered Charity Number: 20102128
Revenue Number: 20506