New Year’s Eve and the Irish Red Cross

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“Times of crisis often bring out the best in people. Those who are not affected take the time to help those who are. One such person, is Justin Roberts from Tipperary. Justin is a photographer, writer and journalist specialising in vintage and classic machinery and motorcycles among other things.

During the recent storms, Justin and his friend Michael Fahey got involved in fundraising for the Irish Red Cross. Justin also took the time to help our team in South Tipperary…”

If it was just some oranges…

Across the road from the reception centre, Viennese locals put welcome messages and smiley faces for the refugees.
Across the road from the reception centre, Viennese locals put welcome messages and smiley faces for the refugees.

On a recent work trip to Vienna, I visited a Red Cross centre hosting refugees. As an Irish Red Cross staff working closely with our colleagues in mainland Europe, I wanted to better understand the vastness of the migration operation the Red Cross has in countries like Austria, or Germany, or other countries where migrants […]

Being pregnant during the long journey to safety

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Wafa 20 years old, from Iraq is pregnant for 9 months. She just received from the Hellenic Red Cross a baby kit and a feminine kit before going to the hospital.
Greece. Kos. 24/10/15.
Wafa 20 years old, from Iraq is pregnant for 9 months. She just received from the Hellenic Red Cross a baby kit and a feminine kit before going to the hospital.

Sarah and Rama are two women with one thing in common. These young ladies are either pregnant or they have given birth while on the move. How do they cope with the arduous journey? While they are waiting to be registered on the island of Kos, Sarah and Rama share their stories.

Chaos on Kos: A guest blog by Valerie Cox

Basic sanitation facilities installed by the Red Cross on the Greek island of Kos. These were greatly after the public facilities were closed. Oscar Velasco/ IFRC
Basic sanitation facilities installed by the Red Cross on the Greek island of Kos. These were greatly after the public facilities were closed. Oscar Velasco/ IFRC

RTE Radio’s Valerie Cox has been reporting back to Today with Sean O’Rourke on the situation on the Greek island of Kos. Here she shares her personal view and experiences as a guest blogger. Brian and I were fed up listening to so much talk, so little leadership that we decided to see what we […]

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE DISAPPEARED 2015

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By Jennifer Wilson, Irish Red Cross Desk Officer – Restoring Family Links

Let me ask you a question, what would you do without your family? While we all appreciate personal time now and again, what would it be like if we were separated from our family and didn’t know if they were alive or dead?

Donations needed for Irish Red Cross Migration Crisis Appeal

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When you donate to the Irish Red Cross Migration Crisis appeal, your donations buy items that are essential for survival.   These include: food, water, blankets, tents, hygiene kits, and first aid and health care supplies.   These are supplied to vulnerable and desperate people who are victims of the Mediteranean migration crisis and the […]

By the slightest margin…the failure of two wires to cross, a nuclear explosion was averted

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On the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Louise Sarsfield Collins writes that accidental nuclear detonation is a much more pressing threat than nuclear war.   We all know that Japan was the first country the US dropped nuclear bombs on. What fewer people know is that the second country the US […]

Charity Shop Stories

By Samantha McGarry, Manager Red Cross Shop
Newbridge It’s not every day someone come into the shop with a concealed firearm. But it has happened. A few months ago, a man came into the shop saying that his father had died and that it was about time he cleared his house out. “It’s well over

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…