Christmas FM 2012 is here

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It’s that time of year again… Christmas FM, the hugely popular Christmas music themed radio station which raises thousands of euros for charity every year is returning for another run this year – and this year they’re covering more of the country than ever before! New writer Niall O’Keeffe (that’s me!) will be presenting on the station (starting tonight!), which is based in the O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel in Dublin city centre and can be heard on FM in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Kildare and the South-East region as well as online via the web site & smartphone apps. This year, it’s sponsored by the EBS and and will feature over 60 radio stars who are once again giving their time for free in order to help out a great cause – ISPCC Childline. Those presenting shows include old favourites such as Mike Moloney and Gerry Wilson, Keith Shanley and … There’s more

Events: Charity comedy gig: The Maple Hotel

Four of the best Dublin comedians come together for a great cause tonight. Robert Coyle, Jim Elliot, Abie Philbin Bowman and Aidan Killian are putting their comedic abilities to good use in aid of the Free Leonard Peltier appeal. These are comedians you should definitely catch. Robert Coyle is one of the rising stars on the Irish comedy circuit and his boundless energy is infectious. Jim Elliot is a fantastic story teller who has a natural ability to draw people in. He is definitely not one to be missed Abie Philbin Bowman is a highly entertaining comedian whose tales are intricately woven and challenging. Aidan Killian, the regular MC of Anseo is an intelligent comedian whose observations of life’s problems are hilarious. His tales of love and sadness and anger will leave you wanting more. This promises to be a fun night and I am assured it is room of … There’s more

Shameless Pimping: Electric Ireland #tweetemhome Race from Dublin – Galway

So this is the story. Electric Ireland (the ESB) are holding a charity race from Dublin to Galway and back. Three celeb teams – Team A Joe Rooney and Mundy in the DeLorean supporting Concern; Team B Katie Van Buren and Andrew Stanley in the New York Taxi supporting the Irish Cancer Society, and Team C Brent Pope and Keith Barry in the Renault Trophy supporting the ISPCC – are competing to bag €20,000 for their chosen charity. Each team has to bag petrol for their tank by having their hashtag used on Twitter, mentioned on Facebook, and by doing various challenges along the way… and each team has an online supporter. is the official supporter of Team A, Joe Rooney, Mundy and our lovely driver Ian O’Flynn. It takes place Thursday 8th and Friday 9th, each day we’ll be stopping in towns along the way to do challenges. … There’s more

Events: Christmas fundraiser for Gorta

For an alternative Christmas Carol Night, here’s a brilliant line up of comedians performing stand up and musical comedy! Providing entertainment on the night are Totally Wired and The Guilty Folk.  Stand up comedy will be provided by Marcus O’Laoire, Kieran Lawless and Ian Perth. MC duties will be fulfilled by Simon O’Keeffe What a line up eh? How could you not go to this! Come on out and have a laugh, plus its for a very worthy cause! Suggested donations; 10 euro, or what you can. There will also be plenty of raffle prizes on the night. All proceeds of this event go directly to Gorta – Ireland’s longest running overseas development agency tackling extreme hunger and poverty. To purchase tickets in advance or for any enquiries, contact Lisa Joyce at Where: Toners Pub, Baggot Street, Dublin 2 When: Dec 15th Time: 8.30pm Cost: €10

Events: Charity Comedy Gig @ McGrattans

Comedy gigs are ten a penny at the moment, I should know! However while stalking…eh… I mean researching comedians on Facebook I came across this gig-with-a-difference. McGrattans Comedy Club is the brainchild of Michael Noone and Ben Farrell. They open their doors on Thursday 24th November. I sat down to chat with Michael and Ben about the gig and the club in general. Micahel says they chose to do a charity gig in order to give somethiing back and also because they are not opening the club for the money but more for the experience. Both Michael and Ben are quite new to the comedy scene and have both had struggles, they want to put those stuggles to good use. They have said they wanted to bring something different to the Irish comedy scene, something funky! They also plan to have a mix of new and established comedians on each … There’s more

A Humble Voxatron Debut

You have a day left to get the latest Humble Bundle offer. As per usual it started off with one independent game (with Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac and Linux versions of each game), this time its “Voxatron Alpha” by Lexaloffle Games. You don’t actually buy the game to get the game. Humble Bundle is a charity drive, and you can split your payment between developers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Child’s Play Charity. Voxatron Alpha is a randomly generated, Legend of Zelda-esque dungeons flavoured with Minecraft with a bit of run ‘n’ gun action added to a RPG progression, yeah its packed. An update at Halloween added a lot of content. As happened with previous Humble Bundle deals, it stopped being a single games and other indie games were added to make a bundle. The current line up is Blocks That Matter by Swing Swing Submarine, The Binding of … There’s more

Tweet Treats – Book Review

Tweet Treats is a recipe book that was conceived on Twitter.  All the recipes in Tweet Treats are in under 140 characters or less as submitted to compiler and editor Jane Travers over the medium of Twitter. There are over 1000 recipes in all. 140 of those were submitted by celebrities ranging in talent and glamour from Keith Barry to Paula Abdul, Neil Gaiman to Ryan Tubridy. The rest came from your average tweeps including a couple from little old me! It contains a foreward and some great cooking tips from Marco Pierre White. All the royalties of the book go the deserving charity Medecins Sans Frontieres. But there’s only one way to review a cookbook. This is how my Tweet Treat day went: 8am: breakfast: Look longingly at @HazelkLarkin’s Tropical Breakfast “1 ripe papaya, 1 fresh lime. Seed, peel & chop papaya. Squeeze limejuice over papaya. Eat. Yum.” but … There’s more

Abseil 1000 at Aviva Stadium – Photos and video

“Just step over there now”. I’m on the lighting access gantry in the Aviva Stadium about to abseil down 130 feet to the stadium floor. You can see what happened next below: I’d posted about Abseil 1000 a few weeks ago and the event went really well. I have to thank both Mike O’ Shea of Work at Height Training and the volunteers from Chernobyl Children’s Charity. I’ve raised almost €500 from offline and online donations so I’m delighted (still time to donate *wink*wink*nudge*nudge). Thanks to @cloudsteph and @bngr for coming along to film/take photos. There’s more after the break:

Charity Event: Abseil 1000 at the Aviva Stadium

This is definitely one of the more unusual charity events that we’ve posted on Culch. Abseil 1000 is an event organised to raise funds for Chernobyl Children International in the year of the 25th anniversary of the Meltdown of Reactor 4. The aim is to facilitate the development of “Homes of Hope” for the children still affected generations later. The event is a 130ft abseil from the roof of the Aviva Stadium on the 1st & 2nd of October 2011. 100% of all funds raised are going to the charity with the event being organised by a group of enthusiastic volunteers under the guidance of Mike O’ Shea of Work at Height Training. Mike says, “I am so proud that in this special 25th Anniversary year, that I can put my skills and expertise to good use for the children of Chernobyl. Despite the economic downturn, we can all do … There’s more

Emmet Scanlan & What the Good Thought Haiti Fundraiser Sunday 20th March

Galway’s Emmet Scanlan & What the Good Thought will be playing a charity fundraiser in Druid Theatre, Druid Lane, Galway this Sunday 20th March at 7pm. The gig is in aid of Haven, a charity helping in the reconstruction of Haiti after the devastating earthquake there last year. Emmet plans to travel to Haiti in April to work with Haven, having spent a month there last year building houses and facilities in areas affected by the earthquake. Admission is €12 and support is by Sabrina Dinan. All proceeds from the bar will also be going to help Haven. Next Friday Emmet and co. release a charity single for Haiti on iTunes, called “A Man May Cry”. Proceeds from this release will also be donated to the relief efforts in Haiti.

Last Chance to Make a Difference

As some of you may know, I was asked by the Vodafone Ireland Foundation to be one of the judges in their World of Difference programme. I was delighted and proud to be asked, as it is one of the most unique and interesting charitable ventures I’ve encountered. The Foundation is asking you to donate more than money…Donate Yourself! They are offering 30 people the opportunity to take a 3-month paid placement with an Irish charity of their choice. What would you do if you could donate yourself to charity for three months? This could be your chance to find out. The programme closes for entries on Sunday 21st November and the winners will take up their position with their chosen charity next February. Here’s a quick overview of the programme: So, if there is a  charity that you want to work with, apply online at or the World … There’s more

Come Caroling with Culch – The Simon Community Sing for Simon 24 Hour Carolathon is going to Sing for Simon…and so should you! We happened upon this page here asking for folk to get involved in the Simon Community’s Carolathon and we thought to ourselves that it would be a nice and worthwhile thing to do. It’s happening on Grafton Street from 5pm on Friday December 17th to 5pm on Saturday December 18th and we’ve got the timeslot from 1am – 3am (we know!) With your help, we’ll be coming up with a setlist of Christmas songs to belt out but more than that…WE WANT YOU TO SING WITH US! The Simon Community are raising money to provide services for homeless people and the more voices we can add to the Culchie choir, the more impact we’ll have and the more vital cash we can entice out of passers-by with our good looks and awesome tunes. Please please and pretty please drop us … There’s more

Ad Nauseam: Charity begins on Daytime TV

Being self employed affords me the luxury of making the last minute decision to work from home in my pyjamas, on the sofa with my laptop on my lap and the TV on in the background. Yesterday was such a day. Apart from my mid-morning hit of The Gilmore Girls, I normally avoid anything broadcast pre 6pm though. It’s usually such a pile of mind-numbing poop as to warrant avoidance. Unless it’s a repeat of Project Runway that is. Oh, I’m such a girl! Not watching daytime TV, however, means not seeing all the ground breaking advertising targeted at pensioners, stay-at-home parents and the unemployed. I miss out on all those ads for Vanish Oxy Action, denture adhesive, chair lifts and cash-for-gold rip off merchants businesses. And I also miss the majority of the ads for charities because for financial reasons charities mostly buy the cheapest airtime available (the ‘direct … There’s more

Laugh Out Loud for Temple Street Hospital

Could you do with a big LOL? A big belly laugh? A giggle, a guffaw, a titter, a chuckle, a chortle, cracking up, bursting yourself, peeing your pants, dying laughing, snickering, in stitches? Well on Saturday 26th June at 7.30pm there is an unrivalled night of comedy and laughter planned for Vicar Street. The line up is phenomenal – Dara O’Briain, Hector Ó hEochagáin, Maeve Higgins, David O’Doherty, Jarlath Regan, Dermot Whelan, Eric Lalor and Eleanor Tiernan and there are still some more names to be announced. Tickets are just €28 and all proceeds will go to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. €28 to see all of the comedians above is an amazing price, you could pay that just to see one or two of them at a gig normally. You can buy tickets here and if you want any more information, you can call Angi in Temple Street on 01 … There’s more

Making a World of Difference

Since 2007, the Vodafone Ireland Foundation has given people the opportunity to get paid for working for charity. That’s right! Vodafone will pay you up to €40,000 in salary plus expences, allowing you to work with your chosen charity. Last year, the World of Difference campaign gave four people the chance to work to breakdown the stigma associated with people living with HIV, to provide educational support for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, to encourage volunteerism nationwide and to create an entire new platform which enables people to donate loyalty points to their chosen charity. These are the inspiring directions that last year’s winners’ lives took, as they spent a year away from the “day job” and realised their passion. For those that have had always had the yearning to lend their talents to charity but haven’t had the time or the financial support, World of Difference can make … There’s more