Poetry book for Cork ARC Cancer Support

Last year, midwife and nurse Cathy O’Sullivan was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cathy’s way of coping with this diagnosis was to write poetry, often while waiting for appointments, other times when inspiration struck.

These writings all came together to form Through Your Doors Again, a book of poetry and verse written by Cathy about her cancer journey.

All of the proceeds from Through Your Doors Again will go to Cork ARC Cancer support, which offers information, practical help and support for people and their families going through cancer.

The book is available through the Cork ARC website, as well as on Amazon and The Book Depository.


Strip and Dip in Wicklow for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie

1 October: On a secluded beach in the south of Co Wicklow over 1,000 women are expected to take to the sea naked in the name of charity.

This is the 9th Strip and Dip to be held. It started when Deirdre Featherstone was undergoing treatment for breast cancer and had a brainwave after her mastectomy to do something fun – and raise money for childhood cancer.

The event itself has grown from 80 women in year one, to 2,500 women in year six. And of course, achieving status twice in the Guinness Book of World Records (2018 and 2021 for the Online Dip Challenge).

Again, this year the Strip and Dip is raising much needed funds for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, a children’s cancer charity, with over €1million expected to be raised.

You can donate at and more information on the event is available on


Photographer to travel Route 66 for Temple Street

September: This year marks two decades since the birth of the Route 66 Challenge, which has seen over 750,000 miles accumulated and €5m raised for Ireland’s children’s hospitals. Route 66 is a famous highway in America.

Photographer, Darren Kennedy.

A new photobook, spearheaded by Offaly photographer Darren Kennedy, will document the journeys behind the miles travelled.

This September, Darren plans to join an equally philanthropically minded group to embark on the bi-annual Route 66 trip - becoming the first Irish photographer to produce a book about the experience. All the proceeds from the book will go to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

For more information and to donate see


Massey Harris Ferguson’s 175th birthday party

25 September: Threshing Cancer, an organisation set up to raise funds for cancer supports, is holding a farm machinery-based event.

It will be a birthday party for Massey Harris Ferguson on 25 September on the farm of Brendan Ferris in Beaufort, Co Kerry.

This threshing event will take part across 35 acres. The threshing aspect will incorporate machinery displays, working horses, thatching and activities such as sheaf throwing.

Celtic Steps will complement the vintage element of the day by entertaining through traditional song, dance and music. Food and beverage stands will be on site.

Novelty and children’s activities will entertain the crowd also.

Gates open at 11am with machinery displays working from 1.30pm– 5pm. Free guided tours of the machinery will be given, commencing at 1pm with a full history and explanation of how each item works.

For more information, search Threshing Cancer on Facebook.

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