INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE DISAPPEARED 2015

Migration trail Macedonia Cap: Families carrying tired children to Gevgelija train station in Macedonia where they will register with the authorities before proceeding north towards Serbia. Many families have become separated along migration trails such as these. Stephen Ryan / IFRC

Migration trail Macedonia Cap: Families carrying tired children to Gevgelija train station in Macedonia where they will register with the authorities before proceeding north towards Serbia. Many families have become separated along migration trails such as these. Stephen Ryan / IFRC

Migration trail Macedonia Cap: Families carrying tired children to Gevgelija train station in Macedonia where they will register with the authorities before proceeding north towards Serbia. Many families have become separated along migration trails such as these. Stephen Ryan / IFRC

Migration trail Macedonia Cap: Families carrying tired children to Gevgelija train station in Macedonia where they will register with the authorities before proceeding north towards Serbia. Many families have become separated along migration trails such as these. Stephen Ryan / IFRC

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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serbia sleeping rough

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…

Five Reasons To Donate To Nepal Earthquake Appeal

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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 […]

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…