Illness Separates Family

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Shortly after arriving in Ireland, disaster struck when Diane became seriously ill and lost touch with Adam while in the hospital.

One woman’s mission to dive and record the seabed of Normandy

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As Ireland prepared for one of its most important moments in its history as a Republic this Easter time, the centenary of 1916 and the Easter Rising, a small town in Normandy, France were also remembering and preparing to celebrate the Irish, but for a different reason.

The Irish Red Cross arrived in St Lo after the allied bombing that destroyed 95% of the town in the days after D-Day, and they opened a Hospital, (‘L’Hopital Irlandais’ or in English ‘Irish Hospital’), which was a collection of wooden buildings. The impact that the Irish Hospital had on the rebirth of St-Lô and the local people was immense.

Babies with bronchitis and thousands struggling in northern Greece

Dr. Agnes Juhsz in Idomeni determines if this Syrian boy has a pulmonary infection.
Dr. Agnes Juhsz in Idomeni determines if this Syrian boy has a pulmonary infection.

A Red Cross doctor writes about giving medical aid from a tent in Idomeni, Greece, where his team treat up to 600 patients each week   Idomeni is a small village on Greece’s northern border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and in recent weeks has become the symbol of the migration crisis.   […]

A Father’s happy New Year as lost daughter is found after 15 years

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It was the first day back in the office after the Christmas break for my Restoring Family Links colleague Rachel and me. It started like any other morning, checking e-mails and correspondence. We certainly weren’t expecting what happened next.

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.
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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.

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 […]