Galway Business Leaders Raise Over €200,600 for COPE Galway Homeless Services

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Galway Business Leaders Raise Over €200,600 for COPE Galway Homeless Services


COPE Galway announced this week that the 2022 Business Leaders’ Sleep Out has so far raised over €200,600 for their Homeless Service, with further matched donations still anticipated over the coming weeks.

Sharon Fitzpatrick, COPE Galway’s Head of Development praised the incredible achievement of the 39 Business Leaders, who took on the challenge to sleep out over 12 hours on Shop Street on a cold December night. “We are so grateful to the business community and their supporters for raising these vital funds for our Homeless Service at a time when more and more people are becoming homeless, and the need for our service is growing rapidly.”

The funds raised will allow COPE Galway to continue to develop and expand innovative services to support children, women and men while they remain in temporary or transitionary accommodation for extended periods of time over the year ahead.

To view the impact of the Business Leaders Sleepout, and to see a video from the night, visit

Pictured (L-R) are some of the 39 business leaders who took part in the 11th annual COPE Galway Business Leaders Sleep Out on December 2, raising vital funds for COPE Galway’s Homeless Service:
(Front Row) Marisa and Damian McGreal, MARIDAM CCE; Ger Broderick, Bank of Ireland; Martin Noone, Medtronic; Ciara Daly, Conquer Digital; Joey Bell, Kenny Galway; Michelle Ruane, Queen of Clean; Sharon Fitzpatrick, COPE Galway; Nick O’Keefe, Premier Property Group.
(Back row) Leonie Woutersen, COPE Galway; Tom Dempsey, TD Flooring; David Ruane, Intuity Technologies; Gus McCarthy, MKO; Martin O’Connor, COPE Galway; James Livesey, University of Galway; David Noone, Dockket.

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For further information, contact: Sharon Fitzpatrick on 087 912 0853, 091 778 750 or email

Homelessness | Domestic Abuse | Senior Support

Background Information

In 2021, COPE Galway’s Homeless Service supported 1,316 people, including 119 families with 322 children – an increase of 10% on the numbers supported in 2020.

COPE Galway works with individuals and families from Galway City and County to provide homeless supports and accommodation. Services cover the spectrum from prevention, emergency accommodation and transitional accommodation through to resettlement and tenancy support.

COPE Galway is a local Galway organisation whose vision is for a community where every person is valued, cared for and supported at every stage of life. COPE Galway has been delivering essential social services across Galway City and County for almost 50 years across its Homeless, Domestic Abuse and Senior Support Services.

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