Christmas Raffle 2021

Tickets are only €1 each or €5 for a book of 6 tickets, but by buying one, you could make a massive difference to the lives of feral cats. They can be bought online (books only), or from the following locations

Note that if collection of prize cannot be organised locally (county Cork), postage will be at your own charge.

Now, the prizes….

Ist prize – €100 voucher for Trevor tool Hire

2nd Prize – €100 Voucher for House cleaning from House Angels

3rd Prize – Tipperary Crystal Photo Frame

4th prize – €50 One4all voucher

5th prize – Louise Kennedy Crystal Candle Holder.


Christmas Cards and Calendars 2021

Our Christmas cards and calendars 2021 are out now!

We would like to thank the following businesses who kindly sponsored it and helped us to make it possible:

The pack of cards costs €5 and contains 6 cards with a different design on each. 

We are very grateful to Katie McGroarty who designed both the gorgeous calendar and adorable Chritmas cards

Our Christmas cards also feature cats and kittens that CCN have been involved with during the year.  You can find the story of each cat inside the card.

The pack of cards costs €5 and contains 6 cards with a different design on each. 

We will be happy to mail them to you (p&p to be added).  Contact us at with your order and we will let you know how to proceed. 

Thank you for supporting us!


The Cats Purrse

In conjunction with running our auction in July for South Tipp ferals (watch this space!) we have been kindly given the most fantastic prize to raffle- we’re pretty jealous of whoever wins this!

⭐ This prize includes 1 nights stay in 1 cabin for 2 people with breakfast included- dogs welcome!

Set in the heart of the Nire Valley Waterford, Nire Valley Eco Camp offers breath taking views of the surrounding countryside, mountain walks & the chance to unwind. With just 5 cabins set on 6 acres, you’re guaranteed tranquility. If you’re looking to escape life, this is the place to go!

We’re exceptionally grateful to Nire Valley Eco Camp for supporting our work in the area with this amazing prize. Check them out here…

⭐ Second Prize will be a bumper cat hamper! 🐈

Raffle tickets are €5 each or €10 for 3. Please quote ‘Raffle’ when paying through our paypal link.
Draw will take place on 1st August @ 8pm…


Cat Tombola – May 2020

For the month of May 2020, we are holding a cat tombola at The Cat Purrse in aid of Community Cats Network’s North Cork TNR fund. All proceeds will go to the neutering of stray and feral cats in the North Cork area.

To take part, it couldn’t be easier, go to The Cat Purrse Facebook page and choose your favourite cat – the one you have, had, or wish you did – and PM us with your choice. You will prompted to pay the €4 entry fee.

The draw will take place on 31st May. Note that if collection cannot be arranged locally (Mitchelstown), handling & postage will be at your own charge.


8th Birthday

Today, we are celebrating our 8th birthday.

8 years ago today we were launching this Facebook page and starting our TNR activities. We had never anticipated being that busy. We have been kept going non stop since then and new volunteers have joined….

Until now. Our activities are currently at a standstill ad we are only dealing with emergencies during the Cornavirus restrictions. This will obviously result in a large number of kittens without homes born in the coming months. More than ever we are appealing to people to support us. Please get in touch if you can give a bit of your time to help us with various activities.

To mark our birthday and to raise so much needed funds to help us get through what i going to be a tough year we have organised a raffle and hope you will take part.

Tickets are €2 each, €5 for 3 lines or €10 for 8 lines and can be bought HERE.

The more lines we well, the more prizes we will add. Prizes can be viewed HERE. Note that if collection can not be organised locally, postage will be at your own charge.

Thanks for your support!


Photo Competition

Cat Purrse: Virtual Pet Show – April 2020

For the month of April 2020, we are running a Virtual Pet Show in aid of Community Cats Network’s South Tipperary TNR fund. All proceeds will go to the neutering of stray and feral cats in the South Tipperary area. Photos must be animal-themed and must be your own.

There are 3 categories:

Mention your category when submitting your photo and they will be uploaded in the relevant photo album for the public to vote. There will be a prize (to be announced) for each category. The 3 photos with the most “likes” in each category will be shortlisted and an independent jury will choose the winning photos. You can submit photos until the 26th of April and the public can vote until the 29th of April. The winners will be announced on the 30th of April. To submit a photo (or more), pay the €4 entry fee or €10 for 3 entries via Paypal and email your photo to

Here is a selection of some of the prizes that may be included. Note that if delivery cannot be organised locally, postage will be at your own charge.


Fun Online Bingo – February 2020

Do you like to play Bingo? Would you like to play from the comfort of your home? If so, look no further and you will be supporting a good cause too!


For the month of February, we are running an online Bingo on our fundraising Facebook page, The Cat Purrse. All proceeds will go to the neutering of stray and feral cats in West Waterford.

To take part, it’s easy. Buy your card(s) online here (€2 per card or €10 for a sheet of 6 cards). We will email you a photo of your card, which you will need to print. Follow The Cat Purrse page where every day we will be announcing the drawn numbers from the 13th of February. Don’t worry if you missed one night you can catch up the following day by checking the photo album. We will be playing for a line, 2 lines and a full house. For more information, click here.

Winners will have the choice between a number of prizes. Prizes will be announced shortly on the Facebook page. 17Note that postage will be at your charge if collection cannot be arranged locally (West Waterford/East Cork area).



Discounted Cat Neutering Week | 24-28 February 2020

Community Cats Network, in partnership with Midleton Veterinary Hospital, have organised a neutering week. From the 24th to 28th February, you can avail of a special rate for the neutering of your cat: €15 for a male and €25 for a female. The offer is limited to two cats per client/household.

Cat Multiplying Chart

The idea behind the scheme is to encourage pet owners to neuter their cat or strays they may be feeding. Cats can become pregnant as young as four months old and up to three times a year. The problem of cat overpopulation is partly caused by unneutered pet cats and, sadly, there are not enough homes for all the kittens being born. With the mild weather this winter, female cats are already coming into heat and kitten season will start as early as March.

Not only neutering is an effective way to control the feline population, but it also significantly improves the health of the cats and helps to reduce the spread of diseases and lethal viruses such as FIV and FeLV.

Chip or Tip

All cats neutered through this scheme will be eartipped (the tip of the left ear will be slightly cut off while under anaesthetic). This is a standard practice used with feral cats to identify the neutering status of cats without having to bring them to the vet to undergo a 2nd unnecessary surgery. However, owners can decide to have their pet cat microchipped instead, but this cost will be at their own charge. We encourage early neutering and kittens from 10 weeks old can avail of this offer.

Early Neutering

If you have a larger number of cats or cannot handle the cats, please contact Community Cats Network. We are a volunteer-run charity carrying out a programme of Trap-Neuter-Return and assist communities to neuter stray and feral cats at a discounted rate all year round.

Availability for the Neutering Week is limited and booking is necessary. Call Midleton Veterinary Hospital on 021 4623672 to reserve.


Rock’N’Roll Bingo & Fun Quiz – 8/02/20

Join us on Saturday 8 February at the Blackbird in Ballycotton for a Rock’N’Roll Bingo in aid of Community Cats Network! There will also be a fun quiz and raffle on the night.
Great fun guaranteed and plenty of spot prizes to be won!

Rock'n'Roll Bingo - 8/02/20
All proceeds will go towards the neutering of stray and feral cats in East Cork.


Christmas/New Year Appeal Raffle 2020

As part of our Christmas/New Year appeal and in order to help us raise some much needed funds to neuter feral cats in county Cork, Community Cats Network have organised a raffle with some fantastic prizes kindly sponsored by local businesses and supporters.  The draw will take place on Thursday 9th January 2020 in the Blackbird, Ballycotton.

Tickets are only €1 each or €5 for a book of 6 tickets, but by buying one, you could make a massive difference to the lives of feral cats. They can be bought online (books only), from various outlets (see list below) or from one of our volunteers. If you would like to help us by taking some books of tickets to sell to friends, colleagues and family, please get in touch! Photo of your ticket(s) will be emailed to you when buying online. For alternative methods of payment, please email us at

Note that if collection of prize cannot be organised locally (county Cork), postage will be at your own charge.

Now, the prizes….

1st prize is an “Activity & Entertainment” Voucher bundle of a value of €350. We are very grateful to the following businesses who have kindly sponsored vouchers: Blarney Castle & Gardens (one year membership), Ballycotton Lighthouse Island Tour (family pass), Fota Wildlife Park (family pass), Coral Leisure in Cobh (Pass for 10 gym/swimming pool sessions), Jameson Distillery in Midleton (pass for two), Dunsfort Equestrian Centre in Midleton, Ballybrack Equestrian Centre in Glenville and Gate Cinema (Pass for two).

Winner: Julia Delaney

2nd prize is a portrait commission by artist Maureen Roe (Value €250)

Winner: Siobhan Keniry from Midleton

3rd prize is a luxury dining set comprising Newgrange candle holders, Marquis de Waterford bowl, a set of 6 Galway wine glasses, Galway Frame (value €180).

Winner: Stephanie Baker

4th  prize is a Decoration Set comprising three cushion covers, a throw and  Kilkenny Living candelabra (estimated value: €100).

Winner: Joan Williams from Mitchelstown

5th prize is a “Pamper Day” in Mitchelstown (Value: €70), comprising a gel polish manicure at EB Nailbar, a wash, cut & blowdry at Broadways Hairdresser and a voucher for the Pizza House.

Winner: Kathy Buckley from Midleton

6th prize is a flower wreath from Orla’s Oasis in Mitchelstown (value: €60)

Winner: Breda Lennon

7th prize is an original painting, Just Seamus, kindly made and donated by Cork artist, Deirdre O’Donnell

Winner: Maura O’Grady from Ballyrichard

8th prize is a voucher for the Boothouse bar in Upper Glanmire kindly donated by a supporter (value €50)

Winner: Finbarr Tobin from Calor Gas in Whitegate

9th prize is a photo session with Carole Bradley Crafts, including 4 photo prints (7X5)

Winner: Carol Owen

10th Prize is a large handknitted cat teddy

Winner: Noreen Murphy from Cork

11th Prize is a hamper with wine, biscuits and toiletry.

Winner: Hille Ilumae from Cork

12th Prize is pearl jewellery set.

Winner: Pearl Barrett from Midleton

13th Prize is a Samsung Fit-e watch

Winner:  Breda Parkin from Midleton

Prize 1314th Prize is a tie and set of cufflinks donated by Sexton for Men in Listowel.

Winner: Fergal O’Mahoney from Killeagh

15th Prize is an elephant clock sponsored by Sacred Senses in Clonmel

Winner: Anne Collins

Prize 15

16th Prize is a Soap & Glory Gift Set donated by a kind supporter

Winner: Mike Blackbird, Ballycotton

Prize 16 | Raffle

17th Prize is an Annabel Langrish cat cushion

Winner: Theresa O’Riordan from Ballycotton

Prize 17 | Raffle

18th Prize is a River Island voucher

Winner: Margaret Corcoran from Cork

19th Prize is a photo frame donated by Carole Bradley Crafts.

Winner: Teresa (?) Lawton from Midleton

20th Prize is a signed copy of Solo and Sooty’s book Through Cats’ Eyes, kindly donated by Nicky Green

Winner: Breda Parkin from Midleton

21st Prize is a Sanctuary gift set

Winner: Catherine Barry from Gortroe

22nd Prize is a pair of handmade lavender bags kindly donated by Canvas & Soap Studio

Winner: Rosemary Kingston from Bandon

Prize 22 | Raffle


23rd Prize is a handcrafted necklace

Winner: Lina P from Kilbrittain

Prize 23

24th Prize is a €10 voucher donated by Lily Beauty in Bandon

Winner: Paudie Murphy from Carrick

We will also have a few In-House Prizes on the night (reserved to Blackbird’s patrons buying tickets in the pub).

We would like to thank all the businesses and supporters who have sponsored this raffle, as well as Mossie and all his staff at the Blackbird in Ballycotton for hosting the draw.  A huge thank you goes out to all the supporters who have bought a ticket and to all the volunteers who have sourced prizes and sold tickets for us.

Tickets are only €1 each of €5 for a book of 6 and can be bought from one of our volunteers. They can also be bought online here (books only).   Photo of your tickets will be emailed to you when buying online. For alternative methods of payment, please email us at

Thank you for your support!

Garda permit issued by superintendent Adrian Gamble in Midleton; District Serial Number: 65/2019