Corporate Social Responsibility


At Barry Group, we pride ourselves on being active and responsible social partners for a number of worthy causes and initiatives. For further information on these projects, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Costcutter teams up with the Keith Duffy Foundation


This is about directly supporting the people on the ground, the children and their families living with serious illness and disability, whose critical needs are just not being met, Keith Duffy says of his latest new charity initiative, the Keith Duffy Foundation.

The Foundation, one of the first charities to be registered compliant with the new Charities Regulatory Authority, this week signed up convenience store group Costcutter as its first corporate partner.

“We want to go direct to the people in need, helping individuals, families and schools, in particular, so that funds raised make a real and immediate difference. Our aim is to be efficient fundraisers, not a bureaucratic organisation”, Keith Duffy told the Costcutter retail group.


Jim Barry, Managing Director of Barry Group which services the independent Costcutter stores, says that practical local support for good causes appeals greatly to the local store owners.

“Costcutter is the locally owned store at the heart of communities and, as such, can tap into the generosity of people who want to contribute locally to good causes. We’re delighted to partner with the Keith Duffy foundation, the foundation shares the same values as Costcutter at a local level, so we believe it will be a very strong fundraising channel and it will provide some much needed help to those in need”, the retail boss said.

Speaking at the charity partnership launch at a Costcutter conference in Athlone, Keith Duffy said that his 14 years’ experience fundraising for autism was being put to very good use with the new Foundation, aimed at providing practical support and financial assistance to chosen children’s charities across the country.

One of the first fundraisers under the Costcutter banner will be a Father & Son Run in both Cork and Dublin this year, with Costcutter owners and staff taking part alongside the public and collection boxes in all stores.

Over €8 million was raised for Irish Autism Action during Keith Duffy’s time as the organisation’s patron, through a variety of events including The Keith Duffy Ball, Blue Nose Day, Keith Duffy 5k in the Phoenix Park, and the Connemarathon.

Autism is among the causes Keith Duffy Foundation supports; a charity of choice for the celebrity and his wife Lisa, since their daughter Mia was first diagnosed with the disorder at 18 months old.

Critically ill children and young people, and those with disability or learning difficulties, are the focus of the new charity foundation, which will host a number of high-profile annual events. These include the Keith Duffy Ball and Golf Classic, as well as smaller events, including promoting local fundraisers for chosen charities around Ireland.

Sponsors of TV3’s award-winning Red Rock series, Costcutter is one of Ireland’s fastest growing retail groups of recent years. There are now over 130 locally owned stores in communities countrywide.

Jim Barry also congratulated Keith Duffy on his tireless charity work, saying that the Barry Group had supported many of the star’s Irish Autism Action fundraisers and never failed to be impressed by his professionalism.

A presenter, actor and musician, Keith Duffy is best known for his music career as part of boy-band Boyzone and acting roles on Coronation Street, The Clinic and Fair City.

He has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, in recognition of his work as a campaigner for children with autism, and was also named Philanthropist of the Year in 2013.





Barry Group partners with BIA Food Iniative for Annual Trade Show

Karen Horgan, project manager BIA Food Initiative with Barry Group HR Director Niall Hartnett

Barry Group once again partnered with the BIA Food Initiative at this year's Trade Show.

 Each year the Trade Show produces a large volume of food surplus and this year we worked with BIA and all of the suppliers on the day to make sure that all the surplus food from the trade fair was redistributed to a variety of charities across Ireland who are supporting the most vulnerable people in our communities.



Barry Group raises €5,500 for The Jack and Jill Children's Foundation at Annual Awards Night


Barry Group was delighted to raise €5,500 for The Jack And Jill Children's Foundation at our Annual Awards Night at the City West Hotel in Dublin in September.

Miss Cork North Amy Barry chose The Jack And Jill Children's Foundation as her nominated charity for the Miss Ireland competition and the company was delighted to raise such an amount on the night.



Mr Jim Barry, Managing Director, Barry Group and his daughter Amy Barry, in conjunction with their customers Costcutter, CarryOut and Quik Pick presented €60K to Irish charities as part of their 60th Anniversary in 2015.

Focus Ireland (Stephanie Tipp) services for the homeless, the Jack & Jill Foundation which supports families of severely ill children, aid agency Concern (Derval O’Brien), Pieta House (Pat Duffy), the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind (Tim O’Mahony) and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (Sarah O’Suilleabhain) all received funding from Barry Group, Mallow and its customer base Costcutter, Carryout and Quik Pick as beneficiaries of a major national fundraising campaign, which concludes the company’s 60th Anniversary celebrations.

The six charities were each presented with a cheque for €10K by Barry Group managing director Jim Barry and Ms Cork runner-up Amy Barry.

Speaking at the donation presentation Jim Barry said “Very few people in Ireland have escaped the hardship of recent years, but there are people who suffer day in, day out, on account of extreme poverty and ill health. At the Barry Group we could not think of a better way to celebrate our 60 years in business than by making this concerted effort to help” Jim Barry added.





The 2014 Mallow Business Awards were held at the Springfort Hall Hotel in Mallow on the 30th November. The awards are sponsored by Barry Group and highlighting the impact of local businesses on communities is a subject close to the heart of Barry Group MD Jim Barry.

A fantastic night was had by all with Luceys The Good Food Shop taking home the overall Outstanding Business Award:




Managing Director of Barry Group - which is responsible for the Costcutter franchise in Ireland, Jim Barry, has teamed up with the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) as sponsor to bring this exciting new initiative to primary schools in Cork city and county.

The Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) is a 10 week entrepreneurial education programme for primary school pupils. The not-for-profit programme is led by Jerry Kennelly, founder and CEO of, in association with academic partner, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Developed here in Ireland, the programme is embedded in the principles of the primary school curriculum and utilises an integrated teaching and project-based approach to teach many strands of the curriculum.

This innovative programme opens the minds of primary school pupils to entrepreneurship at a time in their lives when they are full of imagination and open to new possibilities.

The programme helps participating pupils to develop a number of skills including literacy, writing, presentation, drawing, technology, research skills, numeracy, financial, consumer awareness, storytelling, listening skills, creative thinking, problem solving, team building and collaboration skills.

The programme also has a significant personal development impact on participating pupils, building confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem, and an appreciation of individual skills and talents.

The programme has been running in Kerry and Limerick since 2011, and the Mallow-based businessman, Barry, is now bringing it to Cork, while other ‘county sponsors’ will bring it to other counties.

It is this partnership between JEP and the county sponsor that allows the programme to be delivered without any cost to the parents or the schools.

Five thousand pupils are currently participating in the programme and playing their part in creating their very own classroom enterprises. Some 28 schools and 743 pupils are participating in the programme in Cork.