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About Us

The Hoopoe Bird foundation - An Foras Hoopoe is a charity registered with the Irish Revenue Commissioners. Tax no. 9672352M. Tax exemption status as a charity under the Provisions of Section 207, Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 has been applied for.

Founding Members are Felicity Heathcote of Blackrock, County Dublin, writer and psychologist, and Seamus Cashman of Portmarnock, County Dublin, poet, editor and book publisher. They have been joined on the Board this year by Daniel Cunningham, from County Waterford. The main objectives of the organisation are to raise funds for humanitarian relief, for the promotion of educational and creativity related opportunities in regions of conflict, and to support human rights activities.

What we do

We organise meetings and discussion groups to talk about the needs of people in the Middle East and Africa, and about pursuing peace and reconciliation in areas of war and conflict. We welcome individuals, organisations and businesses who wish to fundraise for our causes. Our fundraising activities have included: poetry and prose readings; music events, information days; books sales, theatre performances, and special projects.

We have disbursed monies received and raised in various ways, both directly and indirectly, to people in need in Palestine through both secular and religious organisations, and to individual families, including Conflict Resolution Centre and other NGOs in Jerusalem and other towns and villages. Recent recipients of support from us include Sr Sophie's Bethlehem orphanage & crèche, Ezra Nawi and the Ta'ayush community, Schools Across Borders who undertake multi-cultural work with teenagers, Atfaluna Society for the Handicapped (Gaza), and others. Though operating on an informal basis until recently and mainly in Palestine, we have now formalised our structures to improve and develop the Foundation's work. We hope to develop a network of volunteers to assist us in Ireland and elsewhere, in order to generate funds and to service our objectives.


The Hoopoe Bird Foundation grew out of the distribution of funds received by the founders through donations as well as book sales, poetry readings, book royalties and other activities. We established the Foundation to be able to achieve more. Initially, our principal income came from the founder members and their friends. In addition, all royalties & profits from the sale of Felicity Heathcote's books, The Resting Place of the Moon (2004) and The Man with no Secrets (2010), and royalties from Seamus Cashman's poetry volume, That Morning will Come (2007) go to the fund.