Grand ball at Dunmore in aid of Clonakilty playground redevelopment

The Clonakilty Charity Ball Committee is launching their first ever charity fundraiser event, hosted by Dunmore House Hotel on Saturday, November 19, with all proceeds going towards the new Clonakilty playground redevelopment. 

Alongside appearances from special guests, and hosted by Virgin Media news correspondent Richard Chambers, ticket holders will be part of a sensational night that includes a champagne reception, a three-course gourmet meal and an after-dinner gin soirée sponsored by the Clonakilty Distillery. There will be exclusive auction prizes including a state-of-the-art children’s playhouse worth over €2,000 from Hennessy Timber Group and dazzling musical entertainment from The Conor Ocean Band and Cork’s Red FM radio presenter and DJ legend, Stevie G. 

The annual fundraising gala ball will delight audiences with what promises to be an unmissable and sought-after event in the West Cork social calendar. The Clonakilty playground redevelopment will be The Clonakilty Charity Ball Committee’s first beneficiary and they will be partnering with and supporting other well-deserving charitable projects at their yearly event. 

Following an extraordinary fundraising effort championed by the local community, the Clonakilty Playground Fundraising Committee have so far raised €150,000 from public and voluntary sources with €40,000 still to raise. The Clonakilty Playground Fundraising Committee is encouraging the local community to dig deep and give what they can as every donation will help enormously. 

Orla O’Donovan, from the Clonakilty Playground Fundraising Committee said, “We hope with the local community’s continued support we can achieve our fundraising target and deliver a state of the art, inclusive playpark to the children of Clonakilty that they so desperately deserve. We are enormously grateful to the Clonakilty Charity Ball Committee for choosing us as their first beneficiary in what will be a superb yearly event in helping to celebrate and support important local projects.”

Tricia Hayes, from the Clonakilty Charity Ball Committee adds, “In keeping with the community driven nature of Clonakilty and our strong roots in food and music, we wanted to create a first-class, memorable night of entertainment with a charitable purpose. We are confident it will be a huge success, so grab your tickets and dancing shoes and join us for a fantastic and fun-filled evening to help raise much needed funds for this worthy cause.” 

For more information please visit  and Instagram @clonakiltycharityball

To donate to the Clonakilty playground redevelopment please visit

WCP Staff

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