Falling Fruit 2023

August 28th

Delighted to announce that Falling Fruit Ireland is back in action for 2023. We have 15 offers of fruit so far and two already processed – Jackie’s in Beaumont and Fidelma’s in Phibsboro. Many thanks to both and to Roger Yates who helped with the delivery to a charity in Clontarf.

August 28th

Blackrock today – thanks to Cyril who donated his 2023 crop. Huge thanks to Patricia Larkin and Geraldine Hegarty who gave time and energy to pick the apples. Most special thanks to Patricia who took care of delivery to a charity in Bray.

September 1st

Fabulous sunny morning picking apples in the beautiful Aventine Wellness Garden in Foxrock. Many thanks to Shane who offered the crop of apples again this year. We were greatly helped by Aventine gardeners, Lucy and Damian. Most special thanks to Falling Fruit volunteers Geraldine and Eugene. Delivery to FoodCloud was done by Eugene and Lucy. Huge thanks to all!

September 3rd

Help needed!

Falling Fruit Ireland is a wholly voluntary initiative and we depend entirely on the help and support of volunteers. For the 2023 harvest we need drivers with vans or large cars to help transport fruit in and around Dublin and from outside Dublin back to Dublin. If you would like us to support charities and prevent good food from going to waste, please email bernie@fallingfruit.ie

September 4th

Rathfarnham for the first apple pick this week. Our generous donor Richard Be offered his top-quality apples, for the eighth year! Volunteers Mary, Jennifer and Roger Yates picked and Roger delivered all to FoodCloud. Huge thanks to all!

September 5th

Two more apple donations today for charities – Marybeth in Dalkey and Patricia in Cabra offered delicious cooking apples. Sandra Griffin kindly took care of delivery to Shankill Day Centre and Patricia delivered her apples to Crosscare Community Café in Dublin 1. Huge thanks to all!

September 6th

Nine crates of apples today – thanks to Caroline and Iarla in Blackrock and to Nuala in Churchtown. Patricia and Eugene did all the work. Eugene kindly took care of the delivery to FoodCloud. Huge thanks to all!

September 7th

Glenageary apples today, thanks to Olga. Mary and Patricia were the volunteers for the day – huge thanks. The apples were delivered to a charity in Dublin 14

September 8th

Our generous donors at Townley Hall in Drogheda – The School of Philosophy and Economic Science – donated part of their rich harvest of apples again this year. Some of the apples were picked this week by FoodCloud volunteers. Huge thanks to all involved!

September 11th

Two donations for charities today – our wonderful volunteer of nine years , Ilona, picked apples near Bailieborough from the garden of Bridget and delivered them to Ballyjamesduff Food Bank. Rathfarnham donation, beautiful garden. Thanks to Roger Yates and Jennifer for helping.

September 12th

I Port Láirge inniu, bhronn Joan agus Steve trí bhuicéad úll ar charthanacht do dhaoine gan dídean. Míle buíochas leo!

September 13th


Donation No. 17 – thanks to Linda in Milltown Dublin who picked and delivered cooking apples to Rosemount FRC this morning. Much appreciated!

September 14th

Our regular donors in Clontarf, Tom and Phyl, offered a good crop again this year. One hour of picking by the Northside team, Theresa Burton, Eugene Grant, and myself, yielded 4 crates. Most special thanks to Eugene for delivery to FoodCloud in Tallaght! Huge gratitude to all involved!

September 20th

Fruitful work at RHSI Russborough Garden – 20 crates of apples in 4 hours. Huge thanks to our wonderful workers – Anne, Geraldine, Mary and Niall – all of whom helped with transport and delivery. Many thanks also to the RHSI Team who were very helpful. Massive thanks to all!

September 21st

Fabulous sunny morning picking at the British Embassy – who have been donating fruit for charity since 2018! Our wonderful volunteers, Theresa Burton, Geraldine and Mary picked 4 crates. Huge thanks to all !

September 25th

Today eating and cooking apples and pears for charities from Barbara in Rathgar. The wonderful team – Marta Cieniuch, Elizabeth and John finished the job in good time. Delivery to FoodCloud was kindly taken care of by Marta. Huge thanks to all involved!

September 26th

Ardee, Co Louth today thanks Mary Scully who donated apples and pears in large quantities. Our excellent team – Ilona (on her 9th year volunteering) and Dermot did a fantastic job. Massive thanks to Barry O’Connor of Refill Ireland who sent a van for the fruit with driver Alex to get it to FoodCloud

Ilona delivered some apples to Back Into Daylight Animal Sanctuary Huge thanks to all !

September 28th

Sandycove apples today, thanks to our kind donor Maureen. Great fun with the fabulous team – Marta Cieniuch, Mary and Geraldine! Marta took care of delivery to FoodCloud. Huge thanks to all!

October 2nd

Magical Monday in a tranquil peaceful orchard in Donnybrook with a wonderful team – Joan, Anne Dunne, Ciara, Mary and Eugene! Several crates went to SVP for food parcels and more crates to St Mary’s Day Care Centre. Special thanks to Anne and Joan who took care of transport. Huge thanks to all!

October 3rd

Michele in Sandymount donated again this year

Today’s team, Kintilla and Geraldine, were super-efficient and Geraldine took care of delivery to FoodCloud. Huge thanks to all !

October 7th

A little mention in the Irish Indo Magazine today thanks to Aoife Carrigy

October 9th

An unforgettable apple day at UCD orchard yesterday! Thanks to UCD Rosemount Environmental Research Station and UCD Horticulture Society for donating the apples for charity again – the eighth year! We were hugely helped by UCD David Brogan who used machinery to lift, carry and load vast amounts of apples.

Transport was provided again by our kind friends at Refill Ireland. Refill’s Founder, Barry O’Connor generously provided a large van and driver Alex to transport the apples to FoodCloud. They also helped out with our crate crisis!

It was a glorious morning for picking apples! Our wonderful volunteers – Ann, Anne, Barry, Ed, Emma, Eugene, Kintilla, Mary, Sandra – enjoyed the beautiful orchard but worked hard to pack apples for transportation.

Delivery to FoodCloud thanks to Alex of Refill Ireland. There we had the help of an energetic volunteer team from Bauer. In record time the transferred apples from bags into crates – 43 crates was the final count of this apple pick at UCD.

The kindness of Refill Ireland and driver Alex, David at UCD, our amazing volunteers and the Bauer team made the day a success! Huge thanks to all !!

October 19th

Storm Babet didn’t stop picking in Lucan today! Many thanks to donor Mandi who offered quality cooking apples from the family’s 3 trees

Our wonderful volunteers – Catherine, Geraldine H and Geraldine F – braved the rain and picked apples for 2 charities: Dublin Simon and Liscarne Community Cafe. Delivery done by Catherine and Geraldine F. Apples also went to ChildVision in Drumcondra for the horses. Huge thanks to all!

October 21st

Further apple donations: our kind FF friends and helpers, Anne & Mick, in Tyrrellspass picked and delivered their own apples to local charities with the help of Jacqueline, a Co. Offaly organiser


The McManus family in Galway picked and delivered their apples to a local charity.

Many thanks to all involved!

November 3rd

Final apple donations this season: Rita in Kildare donated her surplus apples to Naas Food Bank; I connected Ruth in Northern Ireland with the wonderful charity Fareshare NI for her surplus apples.

Delighted to find these delicious IRISH eating apples (photo) in Nolans Clontarf , D3 – from Green Growers, in Rush, Co. Dublin!

November 9th

One more apple donation – cooking apples, thanks to Gearóid Cronin and family in Dun Laoghaire today. Our volunteer, Sandra Griffin, kindly collected the apples and delivered them to Shankill Day Care Centre. Huge thanks to all!