Sign up to our Best Will in the World Week campaign

Mr David Bell, the oldest practising solicitor in Ireland at 91 years, with grand daughter Emily Bell.

One Family is proud to be a member of My Legacy, where 60 Irish charities are working together to raise public awareness of the importance of leaving charitable bequests in your will. During our Best Will in the World Week, from Monday 17 to Friday 21 October 2011, we are encouraging members of the general public to visit a local participating solicitor to have a will drawn up or changed and to consider leaving a legacy to their favourite charity.

Karen Kiernan, One Family director, explains, ‘Through the Best Will in the World Week, you can get professional, impartial advice on your will for just €50, while also helping a favourite charity after you are gone.’

Leaving a legacy is a simple, wonderfully fulfilling experience and anyone can do it.  It does not matter how big or small the gift is – all contributions will make a lasting difference. For more information and to see a list of participating solicitors, please see

According to recent Irish research, only one in three Irish adults make a will. Furthermore only 12% of Irish people indicate that they have included a charity as a beneficiary in their will, despite the fact that 62% of Irish people say they would consider leaving a gift to charity in their will. Legacy donations are an extremely valuable source of unrestricted income to charities. However Irish charities only raise approximately 6% of their income from legacies which compares to up to 40% in the UK. Indeed, many Irish charities have never received a bequest.

Food & Wine feature One Family event

This month’s Food & Wine has a great piece about the One Family food and wine fundraiser held in the RHA – it tells you how to make the irresistible, cost-effective canapés from Fallon & Byrne and suggests affordable Wolf Bass wines to compliment. Thanks to all involved!

Bric a Brac sale for One Family

The kind people at Honest2Goodness Market are running a Charity Bring and Buy Sale on 26 Feb and 6 March in aid of One Family, at 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin. It’s the perfect chance to do a spring clean, de-clutter your home – and let the proceeds go to a very good cause. Monies raised will also help Enable. See

From teapots to castles – every legacy makes a difference

One Family is pleased to be part of Legacy Promotion Ireland (LPI) as they launch a national campaign to promote legacy giving in Ireland.  According to recent research carried out by The Community Foundation for Ireland, a member of LPI, 62% of Irish people consider leaving a charitable bequest in their will, but in 2008 only 42.5% of people who passed away had actually made a will and only 12.2% of those left money in their will to a charity.

One Family Director Karen Kiernan or Director of Development Nancy Ward are happy to answer any questions you might have about including One Family in your will –  everything from how to do it, to how the funds might be used to support our programmess and services.  You can ring us at 01-662-9212 or send us an e-mail at

Quiz Night @ The Odessa Club Tuesday 9 March, 7.45pm

Get a table of four together to compete for some wonderful prizes – or come along alone and we’ll fix you up with a team. It’s only €15 a head, they serve great food and drink there and funds raised go towards our askonefamily* helpline. To book your place, call us 01 6629212 or email Odessa Club is at 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2

Thanks to everyone who supported our Labels of Love clothes sale

Labels of LoveOur designer clothes sale was a great success – thanks to everyone who supported us including  Boston College, Curves, Louise Kennedy, John Rocha – and all you recessionista fashionistas.

Labels of Love

Designers John Rocha and Louise Kennedy lend their Support for One Family’s Labels of Love Designer Clothes Sale

If you want to pick up a bargain from designers such as John Rocha and Louise Kennedy and support the chairty One Family at the same time – drop into the Labels of Love designer clothes sale at Boston College, 42 St Stephen’s Green on Friday 19 February from 5pm to 7pm for after work shoppers, and on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st from 9am to 6pm. Read more

Club di Dublino Annual Dinner

H.E. Italian Ambassador Mr. Valerio Augusto Astraldi, Senator David Norris, Mr. Aldo Aletti, President, Club di Dublino and Ms. Karen Kiernan, Director, One Family. Picture:  Finbarr  O'Rourke

H.E. Italian Ambassador Mr. Valerio Augusto Astraldi, Senator David Norris, Mr. Aldo Aletti, President, Club di Dublino and Ms. Karen Kiernan, Director, One Family. Picture: Finbarr O'Rourke

Club di Dublino – an Italian business community association formed to promote friendship within the Italian community in Ireland and between the Italian and Irish people –  chose One Family to be the recipient of monies raised at their annual fundraising dinner which was held at Trinity College Dublin on Thursday 22 October last. The guest speaker at the event was Senator David Norris and the Honorary President of Club di Dublino, H.E., Italian Ambassador Mr Valerio Augusto Astraldi, was guest of honour.

For the photographs of the evening, please take a look here.

See the press release here.

Latest Fundraiser Raises €7,890

Pictured at the One family 'how to have a champagne party on a bucks fizz budget' fundraising event to create a helpline for single parent families held in Avoca Suffock St - Celebrity Chef Ross Golden BannonKaren Kiernan (Director One Family), Avoca Chef John Dunne, Nicola O'Dwyer and Teresa Byrne (Avoca). Picture:  Finbarr O'Rourke

Thursday October 8th 2009 saw the latest instalment of our very popular food master class ”Learn How to have a Champagne Party on a Buck’s Fizz Budget”. This event was sponsored by Avoca and run in conjunction with Food & Wine Magazine. It was held upstairs in the very popular Avoca restaurant of their Suffolk Street branch.

See here for more photos!

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Lend a Hand Bag Packing

bag pack shopping bag

Lend a hand? Maybe two?

One Family, Ireland ’s leading support organisation for one-parent families is looking for your help!

We are looking for lots and lots of people to help us with our bag packing in major Supermarket chains throughout Dublin. Get your friends involved for a few hours at the weekend, to help fundraise for this worthwhile cause. Everyone that takes part will receive One 4 All gift vouchers as a thank you from us, and the more you help the more you get! Read more