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

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.

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.   […]

New Year’s Eve and the Irish Red Cross

“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…”

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

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 […]


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

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 […]

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?

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

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 […]