‘Bark in the Park’ Dog Walk in aid of GROW – Cork

Dog owners and their canine companions are being urged to come along to a fundraising dog walk, dog show and ‘woofie’ afternoon in aid of GROW.

The novel ‘Bark in the Park’ event will focus on promoting positive mental health and will raise funds for GROW, which holds 15 free weekly support groups across Cork city and county for anyone struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.

Taking place in Ballincollig Regional Park, the ‘Bark in the Park’ event gets underway at 1.30p.m. on Saturday, September 15th. It is open to dog owners of all ages and their four-legged friends, with participants asked to enter the park via the ‘allotment’ entrance at LIDL.

The afternoon is designed to be a fun-filled, family occasion and will provide opportunities for dog lovers to socialise their pets, introduce them to other furry friends and help to support the ongoing work of GROW in Cork.

The cost to register your pet can be paid on the day and is €10 for the dog walk and €3 for entering the dog show.

Maxi Zoo will be present on the day, along with vet Carl McAuliffe from Riverview Veterinary Hospital in Ballincollig, and dog trainer and behaviourist Noel Murphy from ‘Your Dog Matters’. They will provide expert advice on how best to care for your pet.

Special thanks is also extended to Quish’s SuperValu, Ballincollig, for providing treats, Garry McCarthy Trophies for generously donating rosettes for the dog show and to Julie from Fun Dog Shows Cork for overseeing the dog show. Thanks also to Lidl for providing additional parking.

‘The positive impact of pets on our mental health is well-known. The ‘Bark in the Park’ event is an opportunity for dog owners to come along for a fun-oriented afternoon and to meet and mingle with other dog owners. There will be other attractions in the park on the day and we would love people to come along and support the event,’ emphasises organiser Susan Crowley.

‘GROW is all about breaking social isolation and positive steps in journeying towards mental health recovery. We hold free weekly groups each week nationwide, including Cork, and the ‘Bark in the Park’ will be great opportunity for people to bring along their pets and help to promote positive mental health in the community,’ adds Susan.

Due to insurance restrictions, dog owners are asked to note that no restricted or dangerous dog breeds are allowed at the fundraising event. All dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and dog owners attending the event must be responsible for their animals. All dogs attending the ‘Bark in the Park’ are in attendance at the owner’s own risk.

For more details about Bark in the Park, email Susan at [email protected]

For information on your nearest GROW group, visit www.grow.ie, contact GROW’s Cork office on 021 4277520 or email: [email protected].


  • Date: 15th September 2018
  • Where: Co. Cork