Volunteering Archive

The Power of you

Do you wish you could change the world? Don’t we all!  Gandhi said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do”   Here, […]

Steps Toward Community Health

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Irish Red Cross healthy steps

After beating cancer, Thomas and his wife Mary were determined to continue leading a very active social life, they found that there was a lack of health based programmes for their age group in their local area. Then they found something in their local paper…

Off Duty Volunteer Saves Man Suffering Cardiac Arrest

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My name is Cormac and as well as being a student at Dublin City University and working part time on a restaurant, I am a volunteer with the Irish Red Cross in Carlingford-Omeath. As a volunteer I have trained in first aid, learning multiple ways to treat injuries and save lives. You never know when […]

A Busy Spring for Red Cross Lifeboat Team

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The spring months have been a busy time for the Irish Red Cross Corrib Mask Rescue team, with lake and river call-outs in the Galway region. Spring’s stormy weather has created difficult conditions for many people. In February, the team rescued two people near Oughterard who were caught out in a storm.  Whilst  April saw […]

Balkans Volunteer: Milan Mirkovic in Serbia

The solidarity shown during this time of crisis also impressed Mirkovic.”People in the Balkans are strong and resilient. We have a saying that if something does not kill you, it makes you stronger.”

Interview with volunteer James Lafferty

Irish Red Cross Volunteer James Lafferty

What made you want to volunteer? I was kidnapped in Accra Ghana in October 2007 and held for six Days.  I swore to myself, if I got away, I would do something usefully with my time for charity. There was an advert on Clare FM for volunteers to fundraise for Cahercalla Hospital and in turn […]

Dalkey’s Life Saving Community

Andrew Patton, a 23 year old Irish Red Cross volunteer and medical student, has spearheaded a life saving community project by setting up the Dalkey Community First Responders.

As well as setting up life-saving community groups, Andrew helps promote first aid as local Irish Red Cross mascot the First Aid Fox.

Andrew Patton, a 23 year old Irish Red Cross volunteer and medical student, has spearheaded a life saving community project by setting up the Dalkey Community First Responders. A Community First Responder is a volunteer trained in basic life support and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) who assists the ambulance service by […]

Volunteering is a Family Affair in Galway

(L-R) Thomas Cox takes a well deserved tea break with his Irish Red Cross colleagues Killian O'Loughlin and and Gearoid odonnchadna

(L-R) Thomas Cox takes a well deserved tea break with his Irish Red Cross colleagues Killian O'Loughlin and and Gearoid odonnchadna

Meet Thomas Cox from Galway. I’ve been a volunteer with the Irish Red Cross since I was a youngster, back in 1980. Friends I made on my first day are still close friends today and new members become friends too, very quickly.  I’m lucky that my two youngest children are current all Ireland Irish Red […]

Irish Volunteers’ Duties Take Them Across the Irish Sea

Irish Red Cross volunteers, John and Ray at Ysbyty Gwynedd, bangor, North Wales

Two Clonakilty volunteers embarked on a roundtrip of more than 500 miles to help a patient. John O’Carroll and Ray Lyons drove from Clonakilty, county Cork, to Bangor, North Wales, to bring home a patient who had suffered a stroke whilst on holiday. The patient, a Welsh man in his 50’s, suffered a stroke whilst […]

Congratulations to our new Fáilte Induction Presenters!

Welcoming new Irish Red Cross volunteers

There has been lots of activity all over the country over the past few weeks with the training of our new Fáilte Presenters.  Fáilte is a new induction programme which has been developed to welcome new volunteers, and provides an overview of the work of the Irish Red Cross both here in Ireland and overseas. […]