About us

Clowns Without Borders Ireland, a group of professional street and circus artists, brings smiles and laughter to children and their communities who are in crisis in Ireland and around the world.

All of our teams donate their time and skills on a voluntary basis.

No child without a smile


Kosovo 2014


 In October 2006, the first Irish Clowns Without Borders project was undertaken in Nepal in association with UNHCR. Working primarily with the Bhutanese refugees in Damak, Jonathan Gunning (project leader) Sam Meyler (co-ordinator), and Colm O’Grady (boss clown) performed for over 18,000 children throughout Nepal.
After this very successful project Clowns Without Borders Ireland (CWB Ireland) was formally co-founded by Jonathan Gunning and Colm O’Grady in 2007 with No child without a smile as its primary aim.





Rwanda 2015

Underscoring this aim are four points of focus:

– to perform for as many children as possible and bring laughter and healing for a brief moment in their lives

– to establish connections with local grassroots organisations that are working to alleviate the suffering of communities

– to connect local performers to these organisations so that celebrations of laughter can continue on a more frequent basis after the expedition is over

– to gather information and assess the situation in the regions we visit in order develop future expeditions to the regions.


How do we operate?

CWB Ireland is operated by a Management Committee all of whom are volunteers.

CWB Ireland has no staff at present and is run by a very committed team of volunteers.

CWB Ireland is funded by Culture Ireland, Celestial Green Ventures, donations and fundraising activities by artists.

Clowns Without Borders Ireland is registered as a business name with the Companies Registration Office 320666.

Clowns Without Borders Ireland has been granted charitable tax exemption by the Revenue Commissioners, CHY number 17960. We are currently in the process of registering with the Charity Regulatory Authority.


CWB International

CWB Ireland is a member of the twelve member strong International Federation of Clowns Without Borders International. Visit other members’ websites through the links below.