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Galway Business Leaders to Sleep Rough for Eight Annual COPE Galway Sleep Out

A group of up over 30 men and women from Galway’s business community are gearing up to spend twelve hours sleeping rough in Galway city on the night of Friday, 6th December to raise awareness and funds for COPE Galway’s homeless services.

In 2018, COPE Galway supported 949 adults and 457 children in finding and keeping long-term housing and preventing homelessness within our community. “As the homeless crisis in Galway shows little sign of abating, we use the essential funds raised from the Sleep Out to support people experiencing homelessness locally in Galway,” says Sharon Fitzpatrick, COPE Galway Head of Development. “Each participant is asked to raise €3,000 to take part, with some business leaders in a position to raise more, thanks to the generosity of the Galway Community.”

One of the founding participants, Hannah Kiely, said, “We started the COPE Galway Sleep Out eight years ago – little did we ever imagine that we would still need to be doing this eight years later. However, we are always so grateful to see a variety of business and community leaders pledge to take part year after year. Their participation helps keep this crisis to the fore and, to date, keep children off the streets of Galway”.

Jacquie Horan, COPE Galway CEO, commented, “With housing availability at an all-time low, our staff place a greater emphasis on supporting clients to develop important skills to help them become independent and confident while staying in emergency and transitional accommodation, offering a real and significant improvement in their lives in the midst of a crisis. We also actively acquire properties through lease or purchase and carry out minor renovation works with some of the funds raised. An event like the Sleep Out is all the more essential in helping us make a constructive and affirmative difference to people’s lives.”

The COPE Galway Sleep Out is the local organisation’s biggest annual fundraising event. It has generated more than €657,500 for the charity’s homeless services since its modest beginnings in 2012, when five participants raised €4,000. “Last year, 32 Business Leaders raised an incredible total of €154,000 and we are ever-grateful to the generous Galway Community. We hope to match, if not improve upon that again this year,” Ms Fitzpatrick concluded.

If you or your organisation would like to take part in or support the COPE Galway Business Sleep Out please contact Sharon Fitzpatrick, COPE Galway Head of Development on 091 778750. Further information:


Contact:  Sharon Fitzpatrick on 087 912 0853, 091 778 750 or email

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COPE Galway sleep out 2019 launch photo_web
Back row (L-R): Joe Joyce – SmartBear, Jim Molloy – Insurance Institute of Galway, Joey Bell – Kenny Galway, Cormac MacDonncha – Thermo King, Ashling Heaney – Wayfair, Sean O Connor – Galway Property Management

Middle row (L-R): Jacquie Horan – COPE Galway, Anthony Griffin – Pale Blue Dot® Recruitment, Caroline Healy – Medtronic.

Front Row (L-R): Eamon Bradshaw – COPE Galway, Gemma Costello – Bank of Ireland, Deirdre Squires – COPE Galway, Hannah Kiely – COPE Galway.


COPE Galway is a local Galway Organisation whose vision is an “Improved Quality of Life in a Home of Your Own” for people affected by homelessness, women and children experiencing domestic abuse, and older people.

In 2018 COPE Galway worked with 949 adults and 457 children affected by homelessness in Galway, including 186 families and 612 single people. They also worked with 457 individual women and their children who were experiencing Domestic Abuse; produced and delivered 59,053 meals to older clients and for our services around Galway; worked with 730 older people at risk of isolation and supported 3,263 individuals through the FEAD programme (Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived).