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Get into the Halloween spirit at the pumpkin patch

Kennedy’s Pumpkin Patch is offering something for all the family this Halloween, whether it’s the spooky tunnel, hay maze, face-painting, storytelling, pumpkin picking or simply relaxing in the autumn sunshine with a homemade non-alcoholic apple cider.

Kennedy’s Pumpkin Patch started life in 2010 as the brain-child of sister’s Angela McGinty and Josephine James. Located in east Meath, between the villages of Julianstown and Duleek, 50 pumpkins were grown in that first year and today they grow 100 times as many.

For the 2017 season the pumpkin patch will be open over two weekends – October 21-22 and again for the full bank holiday weekend (October 28, 29 & 30). Tickets are on sale now. See


No phone survival challenge: At 12 noon on October 24 school students all across Ireland will be challenged to switch off their mobile phones for a full 24 hours to raise vital funds for essential Enable Ireland disability services in their local community. No phones, no social media, no posting, no texts, no tags and no snaps for a day. To register to take part in the No Phone Survival Challenge, email or call 01 885 7152.


SVP launches twin campaign for charity shops

Pop duo Jedward have launched the St Vincent de Paul’s national shops campaign ‘Donate with Style, Volunteer with Passion’, which has the twin aims of attracting more donations and recruiting more volunteers to the charity’s 220 shops.

Vincent’s shops are hugely important to the SVP, not only providing goods at affordable prices, they also provide an income source for the society, which is directed back into the community.

“We urgently need clean saleable clothes that can be distributed throughout our network of shops, men and women’s clothing, winter wear and large sizes are particularly welcome,” said Dermot McGilloway, SVP National Retail Development Manager. 

“We also need clean bed linen, curtains, shoes, bric-a-brac, pictures, antiques, collectables and small household items.  Some shops can also accommodate furniture.”

Volunteers are also needed for shops and sorting centres across Ireland.

To find your nearest SVP shop see or call 01-8386990, or email