Inishowen illusions dispelled by creative competition

By Sandra Stanley, Interim General Secretary
When competitors arrived in Buncrana last Friday for the annual Irish Red Cross Senior Competition, they could have been forgiven for being beguiled by the beautiful backdrop provided by the Irishowen Peninsula…

How does one send a window or a roof… or a mountainside?

digging in rubble after the devastating Nepal earthquake of 2015
digging in rubble after the devastating Nepal earthquake of 2015

By John Roche, Head of International Department at Irish Red Cross

Earthquakes bring to mind the ground shaking beneath one’s feet; the earth cracking and homes being damaged and destroyed. But in Sindupaulchowk,the destruction caused by last week’s earthquake in Nepal was of a different order; homes were simply swept from the earth, including the ground…

Five Reasons To Donate To Nepal Earthquake Appeal

father and child
father and child

1.  The main need is for people to donate to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. A disaster management plan has been in place for some time and the immediate need for supplies can be sourced locally so the main need is for money to buy supplies. 2.  The Kathmandu Valley – home to an estimated population […]

A Menace That Never Goes Away

Decommissioned Munitions
Decommissioned Munitions

By Louise Sarsfield Collins
Last month a cannon ball from the Spanish Armada washed up on a beach in Sligo. This munition dating from the 1500s was still intact although happily, without a cannon to fire it, not particularly dangerous to handle. It got me thinking however about more modern explosive remnants of war (ERW)…

Reaching the 3 Million Missed

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In our effort to support worldwide tuberculosis (TB) control efforts, we call on governments, donors and communities to continue their commitment to prevent, find, diagnose, treat and cure all people with tuberculosis (TB). Despite being largely preventable and treatable disease, TB continues to be a threat to global public health, killing two to three people […]

Sometimes, it’s the Ebola patients who offer comfort

Patrice Gordon, a Canadian nurse, feeds two year old Magdalene, an Ebola patient at the Red Cross treatment centre in Sierra Leone

Patrice Gordon, a Canadian nurse, feeds two year old Magdalene, an Ebola patient at the Red Cross treatment centre in Sierra Leone

Patrice Gordon, a Canadian nurse, feeds two year old Magdalene, an Ebola patient at the Red Cross treatment centre in Sierra Leone

Patrice Gordon, a Canadian nurse, feeds two year old Magdalene, an Ebola patient at the Red Cross treatment centre in Sierra Leone

Tonight, on a sticky and slightly humid evening in Freetown, Sierra Leone, I met Patrice, a nurse practitioner who has returned from working in the Red Cross Kenema Ebola treatment centre. Six weeks ago, she left her family, her job, and her 60 kilogram Great Pyrenees-Mastiff mix dog, to become part of a team that is combating a deadly disease that threatens the fabric of this and surrounding countries.

Patrice, a Canadian Red Cross volunteer, has responded to a number of disasters around the world and said this mission has been both the most remarkable and the most stressful. Red Cross workers in the Ebola treatment centres take extraordinary precautions in their work to ensure a safe environment. Before each shift in the high risk area…

How to Prepare For a Winter Storm

Snow in Ardee, county Louth.

Snow in Ardee, county Louth.

Snow in Ardee, county Louth.

Snow in Ardee, county Louth.

Winterize your car and keep the fuel tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.

Make sure to keep a small emergency supply kit in your car at all times.

Maintain home heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year, before winter.

If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 15 degrees Celsius.

During icy temperatures, sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter will help make walkways and steps less slippery.

15 Items to Include In Your Home Emergency Supply Kit…

8 Items for your Emergency Car Kit…

12 Days of Holiday Safety

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Happy Holidays

irish red cross + christmas + cards

Happy Holidays

Nearly ready for the big day? While you are finishing the last minute shopping, baking mince pies, organising carrots out for the reindeer, and decorating the tree, the Irish Red Cross has holiday safety tips to help keep the festive season safe, happy and bright.

Mamdou’s return: Red Cross volunteer beats Ebola

Mamadou Noumou Diallo, 42, centre, with his family and friends at his coffee bar in southeast Guinea. The Red Cross volunteer survived Ebola and vows to keep up the fight against the deadly virus. Photo: A. Kapete, IFRC

Mamadou Noumou Diallo, 42, centre, with his family and friends at his coffee bar in southeast Guinea. The Red Cross volunteer survived Ebola and vows to keep up the fight against the deadly virus. Photo: A. Kapete, IFRC

Mamadou Noumou Diallo, 42, centre, with his family and friends at his coffee bar in southeast Guinea. The Red Cross volunteer survived Ebola and vows to keep up the fight against the deadly virus. Photo: A. Kapete, IFRC

Mamadou Noumou Diallo, 42, centre, with his family and friends at his coffee bar in southeast Guinea. The Red Cross volunteer survived Ebola and vows to keep up the fight against the deadly virus. Photo: A. Kapete, IFRC

In a remote village in southeast Guinea, a mother and her children are reunited with the husband and father they once feared they had lost to the Ebola virus disease.

Setsuko Thurlow speaks about her personal experience of Hiroshima

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I am honoured to be invited to this Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact
of Nuclear Weapons, and to have this opportunity to share a little of my childhood
experience of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

As a 13-year-old schoolgirl I witnessed my city of Hiroshima blinded by the flash,
flattened by the hurricane like blast, burned in the heat of 4000 degrees Celsius
and contaminated by the radiation of one atomic bomb. A bright summer
morning turned to dark twilight with smoke and dust rising in the mushroom
cloud…