Supporting Local Causes in Munster

Don’t forget you can nominate any local cause that’s near and dear to your heart, in the hope that they will benefit from the Tesco Community Fund. Some of the beneficiaries in Munster have included marine rescue, transport shuttles to health services and even a donkey sanctuary.

Mitchelstown Tennis Club, Co.Cork

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Mitchelstown Tennis Club has been a permanent fixture in the community of Mitchelstown since 1892. With almost one hundred members including families, adult, students, and juniors the club is growing for the future.

However one of the challenges facing the club is fundraising, which can often be difficult especially for non-mainstream sports like tennis compared to GAA, soccer and rugby. Through support from the Tesco Community Fund Mitchelstown Tennis Club has successfully launched “After School Tennis” and “Sunday Morning Smashers” which has attracted lots of new members.

Chairman of the club, Michael Rea, explains the idea behind starting these new coaching sessions: “The goal is to introduce tennis in a fun easy going manner to kids from 4 to 12. It gives them an opportunity to take part in weekly tennis coaching sessions and it helps to introduce children into a sport which is a true sport for life. It has proven to be great success with local families.”

“We rely heavily on volunteers, for example, our Sunday Morning Smashers is 100% volunteer lead.  The Tesco Community fund has enabled the club to purchase equipment including junior tennis rackets, soft balls, ladders, mini nets, training cones, and most importantly helped towards the costs of child safety compliance training and certification for volunteers."

The Tesco Community Fund is helping thousands of local causes right across Ireland, donating over €2.4 million to over 9,000 local projects since 2014. This week Tesco stores will present 450 local good causes with €120,000 worth of donations from the Community Fund, enabling them to make a big difference in communities’ right across Ireland.

Tesco customers can simply fill out a nomination form in store and every 8 weeks, three local causes will be selected for the Tesco Community Fund. Customers can also nominate a cause online via: And at the end of each phase, blue token votes are counted and up to €1,000 is shared proportionally between the three local causes.  Further information and criteria for entry is available on   

Erins Own GAA Club, Co. Waterford


Founded in 1924, Erins Own GAA club is Waterford City’s oldest GAA club with 13 senior hurling titles and countless underage trophies in both hurling and football. Being involved in the Tesco Community Fund was a major step forward for Erins Own. The Club used the funding to purchase juvenile jerseys for the Under 7s and Under 8s teams. This means that the younger team can have their own kits and are not relying on jerseys from the older age groups.

Club Secretary, Jonathan Downey said, “As a club in a disadvantaged area we always struggle to make ends meet. But through diligent management of our finances and a cooperative relationship with the community around us, Erins Own has survived for 93 years and has made the best use of our resources over the decades. We are always looking to add to and improve our facilities to provide our community with a club they can be part of and proud of, the Tesco Community Fund is helping us to do this."

Area Community Champion for Tesco stores for Waterford, Aoife Parle said: “We are delighted to be able to support amazing local GAA clubs, which are a central part of local communities.  The fund is open to a wide variety of good causes or groups from schools to scouts so if you think you know a local organisation that could benefit from some extra funding, please nominate them in store or online today. And don’t forget to vote for your preferred cause each time you shop using your blue token, because it really does make a difference.” 

Rehoming Cork Pets, Co. Cork

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“I thought someone had burnt the dog.” These are the chilling words used by Helena O’Riordan, a volunteer with Rehoming Cork Pets, as she describes the condition of Missy, a staffordshire terrier, when she was found by a local woman. The dog was hairless, her skin blistered, covered in raw patches.

Missy was suffering from a severe case of mange, also known as canine scabies, a condition caused by mites that is highly contagious to both dogs and humans, but it is easily curable with treatment. She also had bow legs, caused by bad nutrition when she was a pup.

It took visits to four different vets before the friendly three-year-old got a clean bill of health. As Helena didn’t have records for her, she had to be vaccinated, micro-chipped and spayed. The total cost? €530.

It’s little surprise that Helena is so appreciative of the donation the charity received from the Tesco Community Fund, which was used to towards Missy’s veterinary care.  “It means so much that people recognise the work and effort you put in and want to give something back.  And it’s nice to know that there are animal lovers out there because it can be disheartening when you come across a few bad cases. The fund also helps us spread the word about the work that we do which is important when trying to find new homes for pets.”

The animals that Helena and the other volunteers involved in Rehoming Cork Pets look after don’t go into kennels. Instead, they live in the homes of the volunteers and foster homes before they are adopted. This approach resulted in a new home for Missy, who was adopted by the woman who had originally found her. She is bound to be well looked after as her new owner is a vet.  

Tramore Cliff & Mountain Rescue Association, Co. Waterford

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Since 1978, the Tramore Cliff Rescue team has come to the assistance of those in danger around the cliffs of Tramore and surrounding areas. The group of dedicated volunteers was formed following a tragic accident along a section of Tramore’s cliff, in which a young man lost his life.

After years of devoted service to the local community, the Tramore Cliff Rescue team has built up new skills and expanded its expertise to take part in mountain rescue operations.  The team now responds to mountain rescue incidents as well as any cliff incidents in the South East of Ireland.

The dedicated volunteers from Tramore Cliff & Mountain Rescue used their funding from Tesco Community Fund to buy new equipment such as ropes and harnesses, helping them carry out safe and speedy rescues in difficult situations. Safety first!

Ballincollig Gymnastics, Co. Cork

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The Ballincollig Gymnastics Club is one of the Cork causes that has benefited from the Tesco Community Fund. The club has been working for seven years to raise funds to buy a new floor for the gym. Thanks to the well-timed intervention from the Tesco Community Fund, the club has ordered a 12 metre x 12 metre fully sprung floor from the UK. This floor is ideal for training and performances such as the club’s annual summer show in which even the three year olds play their part.

Sandra O’Leary, Head Coach and Founder Ballincollig Gymnastics said: We’re absolutely delighted to have been involved with the Tesco Community Fund. The donation means a lot, and it has allowed us to buy the new floor that we’ve been saving years for. The new floor will be used by every one of the few hundred members in the club.”

Deise Animal Sanctuary, Co. Waterford

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Based in the heart of the Nire Valley, Co. Waterford, the Deise Animal Sanctuary provides a second chance for all animals in crisis who have been neglected and mistreated.

Founder, Patricia Edwards, and the team of volunteers never turn an animal in need away. This includes emergency welfare cases coming in from all around Ireland, rehoming dogs from the Waterford Pound and taking in wild animals that have been involved in accidents or cannot look after themselves.

The team has discovered that an increasing amount of people are finding themselves unable to care for their more ‘exotic’ pets;  so the Sanctuary has now seen hundreds of different animals come through the centre and is always trying to adapt to new species! Some of the almost 200 animals they currently house include: horses, dogs, goats, hens, ducks, geese, wild boar, sheep, birds, bearded dragons, degus, rabbits, cats, snakes, peacocks, sparrowhawks, foxes, pigs, fish, ferrets and guinea pigs.

The Sanctuary became involved in the Tesco Community Fund in April to raise much needed funds for veterinary costs for animals that have been rescued from cruelty. With the help of the fund they have also been able to purchase additional food supplies.

Patricia, Founder of the Sanctuary, “Thanks to our involvement in the Community Fund we have raised our profile locally, and we now have local people volunteering with us who had never heard of us before. We have even had colleagues from the Tesco store in Clonmel rehome some of our dogs. We are so thankful for all the support we received from Tesco particularly from Chris the Store Manager in Clonmel, who was so helpful.” 


The Donkey Sanctuary, Co. Cork

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One Cork-based community cause that was nominated for the Tesco Community Fund is The Donkey Sanctuary in Mallow, Co. Cork. An international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary aims to protect donkeys and mules and promote their welfare worldwide. Protecting these animals isn’t easy and with the Cork sanctuary itself taking in 4,600 donkeys since opening, every little bit of help is needed.


Triona O’Mahony of The Donkey Sanctuary said: “We never turn away from a donkey in need. Our goals are ambitious but our resources are finite so we are extremely grateful to the Tesco Community Fund and local community for their donation and support. We are currently caring for almost 1,800 donkeys and have rescued over 400 already this year. We welcome visitors all year around to meet our beautiful donkeys including our oldest residents known as the ‘Super Grannies Group’. The support from our local Tesco store will help us in our continued efforts to transform the lives of neglected donkeys, like little Chaz (pictured), and we are forever grateful.”


The Adventure Community Playground in Labasheeda, Kilbaha Playground and Kilkee Playground, Co. Clare

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Three playgrounds across Clare have a new lease of life thanks to your generosity. The Adventure Community Playground in Labasheeda, Kilbaha Playground and Kilkee Playground each received a boost from the Tesco Community Fund, having been nominated and backed by the local community. 

The community of Co. Clare has been driving the development of these three community playgrounds for a number of years, working to create safe, social hubs for local children in the area – the true meaning of community spirit. The outdoor areas were refurbished solely from donations and local fundraising showing how every little really does help.

Janet Haugh, one of the organisers behind Kilbaha playground said: “Kilbaha Playground was built in 2012 by a group of 7 mothers who wanted to create a safe play facility for children and a place that children and adults can make new friends in the beautiful surrounds overlooking Kilbaha Bay.  Playgrounds need insurance, maintenance and upkeep every year, and initiatives like Tesco Community Fund help us achieve this.”

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Cancer Support Services, Co. Kerry and Co. Cork

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The Kerry - Cork Cancer Support Group offers a Help Bus Link for patients travelling to and from their appointments each week. The group offer this free community service to all who need it, without referral, aiming to provide social support to individuals and take the pressure off family members driving to appointments each week. 

Breda Dyland, Manager of the organisation said “We were thrilled to have been involved with the Tesco Community Fund. The initiative helped keep these services running for a week covering petrol costs. In voting for us with their blue tokens, Tesco customers were helping financially but also crucially raising awareness of our essential services. We would like to say a big thank you to the local community and to our local store.”


The Cliona Foundation, Co. Limerick

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Although the causes all need financial support in the same way, the support that these organisations can pay forward to communities is sometimes unique or niche. The Cliona Foundation, is one such charitable organisation. Founded in 2007 to fill a great need: providing financial assistance to families in Ireland who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for critical illness. Funds raised are used to pay for the “hidden” costs, including accommodation, food, petrol and other expenses incurred by families who must take sick children to hospitals or other medical facilities for frequent treatments.

 In 2007, Terry and Brendan Ring created Cliona’s Foundation following the death of their daughter Cliona in 2006, who died from an inoperable brain tumour.

Brendan Ring from the Foundation said: “Cliona’s Foundation was delighted to be one of the chosen charities to benefit from the Tesco Community Funding scheme. It offered a great opportunity to raise much needed funds for the charity but also to raise awareness of Cliona’s Foundation and the work it does. To date Cliona’s Foundation has raised in excess of €870,000 and more than 230 families have benefitted from the charity nationwide. We receive no financial state support and rely on the generosity of the public for support and to ensure its continuity.  The receipt of funds through the Tesco Community Funding scheme has allowed us to ease the financial burden on a family who are looking after a child with a terminal illness.” 


Waterford Marine Search & Rescue, Co. Waterford

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Whether it’s on land or at sea the Tesco Community Fund is putting support behind causes like Waterford Marine Search & Rescue. The W.M.S.A.R. service was set up in January 2010 by Declan and Darryl Barry to provide Waterford city and county with a 24 hour; 365 days-a-year search, rescue and recovery service. Since January 2010 the service has grown to 50 volunteers who have rescued 19 people from the waters of the River Suir and prevented 63 people from entering the river with the intention of taking their life. They clock up over 1,300 hours annually on suicide prevention patrols. 

Darryl Barry said: “We fundraise in a number of different ways for our work so we were delighted to be one of the charities chosen for the Tesco Community Fund. The funds allowed us to invest in new flotation suits. As worn in our pictures! These keep the crews safe and warm while carrying out operations on the river.” 


PAWS Animal Rescue, Co. Tipperary

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PAWS Animal Rescue has been active for nearly 20 years but has received fresh support as a result of the Tesco Community Fund. Established in 1997, the organisation is dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs from high-kill pounds and owners who can no longer care for them.

By working with our committed employees, volunteers, local Veterinary surgeons and overseas adoption groups we are able to rescue hundreds of animals every year, provide them with loving temporary care, and find them well-matched, carefully screened forever homes. PAWS depend totally on the public to help to keep their doors open to abandoned and abused animals.

Gina Hetherington from PAWS said: “We recently took part in the Tesco Community fund via Tesco in Clonmel. Our supporters came forward in their thousands and got behind the project. The result was great awareness and a donation to our charity, enabling us to buy 37 bags of dog food for the animals in our care. We would like to take this opportunity to thank both Tesco Clonmel and our Supporters because every little really does help our cause.”

Let's Keep it going!

Have you been inspired by some of the causes you have read about today? Do you know some local causes that sound perfect for the Tesco Comunnity Fund?

Well we’d love to hear about them.  One of the great things about the Tesco Community Fund is that new causes can be nominated by you, when you simply pick up a nomination form in your local Tesco store or click here:

Henry Dummer, Marketing Director Tesco Ireland said: “As one of Ireland’s biggest retailers, some people might feel we’re too big to care, but we’re big on the things that matter to our customers, community being one of them. And with 149 stores we have a unique opportunity to help thousands of community causes across Ireland through our Community Fund.”

“Our customers are the driving force behind the initiative, deciding who in their community deserves a little help, and that’s why it works. So we would urge everyone to keep this going and nominate a cause that could do with a little boost or that simply deserves some recognition for the great service it provides to the local area.”