Barróg Bunny Sends Hugs During Lockdown


Barróg Bunny sends hugs during lockdown while raising funds for The Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House sits onsite at Crumlin Children’s Hospital. In short it provides food, accommodation & support for the families of some of Ireland’s sickest children. Families from every corner of the country stay at the House for as long as their child’s illness lasts. This can last years, and unfortunately for some not even finish with a happy ending.

As you can imagine, with lengthy stays like that (longest stay 889 nights), the House is an invaluable respite for families who need a place to call home during one of the worst times of their lives. This is why it is imperative for the House to keep its doors open for 2020. However, with the pandemic hitting in March this was something that wasn’t guaranteed. With a fundraising deficit of an estimated €500,000 the House need help.

Queue Barróg.

Barróg is a little teddy bear bunny who made his debut online at the very start of lockdown. He has been a true hero for the House during one of its most challenging times in its history. Barróg is Irish for Hug and at a time when the full country could barely pass their doors, never mind give hugs, Barróg proved to be a great substitute for the real thing.

At the height of lockdown when we could not see loved ones people sent big Barróg hugs to homes to people they couldn’t wait to hug. By the end of lockdown thousands of hugs had been sent to every corner of the country. Take a look at some of those hugs here.

The Barróg Bunny sends hugs during lockdown and it is a stunning display of love and hope during such hard times. It was a true showcase of Irish people’s remarkable philanthropic nature and their solidarity with families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.


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Barróg is still available to buy at the Ronald McDonald House website for €10. He is also hosting his first Teddy Bears Picnic on Saturday the 25th of July for families to take part in. Details of that at

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