Category Archives: Fun(d)raising

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

Christmas Cards and Calendars 2020

Our Christmas cards and calendars 2020 are out now!

We are very proud of our 2020 calendar, which features the photos and stories of some of the cats we have trapped during the year.  It costs €7 and would make an ideal stocking filler or gift to send abroad.

The stories featured are:

  • Back on Known Grounds in Medieval Youghal
  • Milking Time in Kilbrittain
  • The Ginger Dynasty (Cashel)
  • One Big Happy Family (Shanagarry)
  • The Longest Trapping (Clonmel)
  • A Busy Farm in Ballyhooly
  • The Numbers Game (White’s Cross)
  • Handsome Charlie from Tallow
  • Part of The Solution (Castlelyons)
  • Part of The Solution (Clonmel)
  • The Garden Assistants in Midleton
  • Hiding in the Straw (Burnfort)
  • In Memoriam featuring a gorgeous cat from Little Island


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

Also to be thanked are the Friends of Community Cats Network who sponsored the months of December and January 2021:


We are very grateful to Katie McGroarty from Cobh who designed this gorgeous calendar and to Anna and Steph for helping with proofreading.

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.  There are three models to choose from.

Model 5 contains cards that were kindly designed by Katie McGroarty and feature the stories of of Daisy the little traveller from Cloyne, some new tenants in Killavullen, the Blarney cats who were spoilt by the lads, a large colony in Cappoquin helped with good will, a colony on a carpark in Clonmel and the petshop pussyfooter from Ballincollig.

Model 4 contains cards that were kindly designed by Katie McGroarty and feature the stories of Little Miss Greedy Guts (Clonmel), the Summer of Love (Waterfall), a large colony in Dungarvan, Bluebell and Sunflower from Charleville, a Carer with a Big Heart in Mallow and a Colony in Ballinacurra. **LIMITED AVAILABILITY**

Model 3 contains cards that were kindly designed by Axelle Rychembusch and feature the stories of a colony in Ardmore, Major Tom from Kilady, a large TNR project in Youghal, a young and beautiful Cork city cat, a well-cared for colony in Midleton and of some unusual customers in Mitchelstown. **LIMITED AVAILABILITY**

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.  Don’t forget to visit our online shop for more gift ideas!

Alternatively, you can find them at the following businesses:

If you would like to help us by taking a box of cards and calendars in your business or at your office, please email

East Cork:

City and suburbs 

West Cork 

North Cork 


  • Ardmore Pharmacy (Ardmore)
  • The Country Store (Kinsalebeg)
  • Blasta Wholefoods (Dungarvan)
  • Pharmacy (Cappoquin)
  • Vets (Lismore)
  • Credit Union (Tallow)


Christmas Stalls

Fun Online Bingo – November 2019

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!

Online Bingo | CCN | Cat Purrse |11 2019

For the month of November, 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 North Cork.

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 (or edit from your phone). Follow The Cat Purrse page where every day we will be announcing the drawn numbers from the 14th 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. It’s a fun way to help cats!

Here are the prizes you can choose from…

if you win a line

Cat Purrse | Bingo | Nov 19

if you win two lines

Cat Purrse | Bingo | Nov 19

if you win a full house

Cat Purrse | Bingo | Nov 19

Note that postage will be at your charge if collection cannot be arranged locally (Mitchelstown area).

Purrfect Auction – November 2019

Many of you are familiar with the one and only Purrfect Auction held by CCN to raise fund to neuter stray and feral cats in West Cork! If not, then do check it out! The auction starts on Thu 31 October and ends on Sun 10 November. There will be hundreds of items to bid on….







Catty items….


Doggy items…

And so much more…


But that’s not it! As per tradition, there will also be a TomCatBola with lovely prizes to win! Tickets are only €2 each and can be bought here.

Don’t miss out!


Food Appeal in Clonmel – 3/11/19

Our stock of wet food is running critically low in Clonmel. We would gratefully accept donations of wet food and tinned fish to help us feed ferals during their stay with us.

You can drop your donation and stop for a chat in Tesco, Clonmel on Sun 3 Nov from 2.30pm to 4pm. You can also drop your donation to Southview Vets.

Thank you for your support!

Contact 089 2546320

Photo Competition – October 2019

For the month of October, we are running an animal photo competition on our fundraising Facebook page, The Cat Purrse. All proceeds will go to the neutering of stray and feral cats in South Tipperary.

To take part, it’s easy. Buy an entry (or more) online here (€5 per entry or €12 for 3 entries) and email your photo to Your photo will be uploaded on the Cat Purrse’s facebook album where the public can vote for it until the 30th of October. The 5 photos with the most votes will be sent to an independent jury to choose a winner and two runner-ups. The winner will be announced on Facebook at the start of November. There are three prizes to choose from – the winner will have 1st choice, while the runner-ups will have 2nd and 3rd choice.

Submissions are accepted until the 27th of October. 

Note that the photo must be your own and must be animal-themed. All animals welcome!

If collection cannot be arranged locally, the cost of postage will be at your own charge.

Thanks for your support!



Personalised Baubles

We have 15 of these beautiful Christmas baubles, ready to be personalised for 15 lucky people! They are available in cat & dog designs with coloured beads.
To order one, make your payment of €12 (€10 + €2 P&P) HERE – add “Baubles” as a reference. Screenshot your payment and send it to Anna with your details for order.
All proceeds will go to the South Tipperary TNR Fund.
We would like to thank the lovely Siobhan for sponsoring this fundraiser and Anna for kindly donating her time to create them.

Street Collections 2019 – Round 3

This is our last round of street collections for this year and we really need your help. These events are important as they provide a vital source of income to support communities to neuter their local stray and feral cats. We are appealing to all, but more specifically to locals, to step up and donate an hour or two of your time to help out to raise funds to neuter cats in YOUR community. The success of these fundraisers rely on you and cats count on you!

Remember… A little bit of your time could change their lives forever!

Collections will take place between 9am and 6pm on

Text 086 1583501 or email if you can help.




Online Auction at The Cat Purrse – September 2019

This month at The Cat Purrse, we are having an auction to raise funds for TNR in North Cork and South Tipperary, where we have been really busy for teh past couple of years.

The auction will start on September 16th and close on September 27th at 8pm sharp. Every day, we will be adding new items for you to bid on. To bid, simply comment under the photo. There are many jewellery pieces, as well as craft items and art, but also toiletry sets, bags, toys, etc, so check it out and share with your friends!

Note that all items will be posted and that postage will be at your own charge. All items must be paid promptly.


Street Collections 2019 – Round 2

Our second round of street collections this year will take place very shortly. These events are important as they provide a vital source of income to support communities to neuter their local stray and feral cats. We are appealing to all for your support in donating an hour or two of your time to help out on the day. The success of these fundraisers rely on you and cats count on you!

Remember… A little bit of your time could change their lives forever!

Collection will take place on August 15th in Fermoy and on August 17th in Clonmel.

Email or text 089 4686055 (for Fermoy) & 089 2546320 (for Clonmel) if you can help.

The 3rd round will take place in September and October in Castlemartyr, Carrigtwohill and Midleton. You can view our diary here.