Jack & Jill new charity boutique opens

by Rose Barrett
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Carmel Doyle CEO of Jack & Jill Foundation was delighted to announce the first Jack & Jill charity shop to open in Dublin. With 15 shops across the country Carmel said the opening was especially emotive and proud for her, being a Dub herself! 

Fellow Dublin celebrity and GAA goalkeeper John O’Leary along with his son Tom officially opened the new charity shop, “From goalkeeper to shopkeeper, he is a wonderful ambassador for Jack & Jill,” said Carmel. 

Ms Doyle stated 92 families living in Dublin were currently being provided with care by The Jack & Jill Foundation (412 natinonwide). Formerly the Art Shop, the shop is a large, bright charity shop, a great window to remind people of the work the foundation does. 

The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation was set up in 1997 by Jonathan Irwin and his wife Mary Ann O’Brien (founder Lily O’Brien’s chocolates), in memory of their son Jack who suffered a brain trauma shortly after birth that left him developmentally delayed and shattered the dreams and hopes of his parents. 

The foundation help to provide home nursing supports to families with a child living with serious conditions (up to 80 hours per family a month). 

The shop is located at Units 1-2 Artane Place in Artane Business Park, D5 DO5 A2T3, across the road from Mr Price and Lidl. Ample parking with lots of bargains and giftware stocked. 

AS new goods welcome to be donated and in particular, anything Lego would be appreciated, along with festive gifts, candles, etc. The shop needs more volunteers to man the facility, if you’d like to help, drop into Noeleen at the new shop in Artane Place.

Featured Image: At the opening of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation’s first Dublin-based charity boutique in Artane is former Dublin GAA All Star and Jack & Jill Dad, John O’Leary with his wife Catherine and son Tom.

Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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