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Plight of children highlighted in Trócaire Lent appeal

A seven-year-old in Syria has never known peace; a seven-year-old in Gaza has survived two separate wars; a seven-year-old in South Sudan has experienced both famine and civil war in their short life.

2018.02.15.

Mission Month highlights work of Irish missionaries

Sr Teresa McKeon of the St Joseph of Cluny congregation has been honoured by the President of Sierra Leone for her “dedicated and meritorious service to the state in the field of education and the development of women”.

2017.10.06.

Irish Aid launches annual report

“2016 saw the scale of humanitarian need in the world reach record levels with over 130 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Ireland is committed to providing humanitarian assistance to ease the plight of civilians caught up in conflicts and natural disasters,” - Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, T.D.

2017.09.29.

X Factor presenter backs London Irish appeal

Christmas means friends and family, presents and looking forward to a great New Year. But, for many vulnerable Irish people in London, it means loneliness, a long hard winter and, with ongoing welfare cuts, a grim time in 2017 – Seán Kennedy, London Irish Centre.

2016.12.15.

Pioneering advocate for children with special needs honoured

Irish missionary, Sr Mary Sweeney, established St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired in Sierra Leone and has given education, skills training and life opportunities to children with a disability in a developing country.

2016.12.14.

Bishop Doran to lead National Day of Prayer for Children

Organised by the Society of Missionary Children, this year's event takes place on 14 October at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo.

2016.09.30.

Irish missionary to receive Presidential Distinguished Service Award

Sr Mary Sweeney, a Sister of St Joseph of Cluny and a native of Dungloe in Co Donegal, named for her role in coordinating a response to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

2016.09.19.

Irish TV and Radio documentaries focus on Ebola

TV and radio programmes highlight the devastating effects of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak two years on.

2016.08.18.

Irish missionary nun awarded honorary fellowship

The award was made to Sr Hilary, a member of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary, for her contribution to health services in Sierra Leone over 42 years.

2016.06.26.

Genocide survivor is Global Citizen of the Year

Tributes to winner Colette Nkunda of Misean Cara for her contribution to development and sustainability.

2016.05.07.

WHO declares Sierra Leone Ebola free

Sierra Leone recorded the first Ebola case in May 2014. A total of 8,704 people were infected and 3,589 died including 221 healthcare workers.

2015.11.10.

Fewer cases of Ebola as new vaccine to be tried

Just 129 doctors in the whole of Sierra Leone which has a population of 6 million.

2015.07.28.

Sierra Leone may be on course for zero Ebola cases

Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary nun warns epidemic is not yet over and there can be no complacency until there are zero cases.

2015.03.09.

Concern over effect of Ebola closures in Sierra Leone

500,000 people without health care following closure of 150-bed facility run by St John of God in Lunsar.

2015.02.02.

More aid pledged by Irish Govt to fight Ebola

Approximately 5 million people in Sierra Leone will benefit from new programme.

2015.01.07.

Irish church leaders pray for Christians in Middle East

In their Christmas messages, Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops express concern for those living in the "grip of fear".

2014.12.19.

Eyewitness report: Ebola burial ground in Kenema

Fr Brian Starken CSSp recounts how an inter-religious ceremony was held at an ‘Ebola cemetery’ in Sierra Leone to honour the virus' victims.

2014.11.25.

Irish Sierra Leonians concerned for relatives

The illness is having a huge impact on Sierra Leonian culture - SLIP.

2014.11.23.

Irish priest reports on Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

Fr Brian Starken CSSp gives an eyewitness account of everyday life in the Ebola-affected West African country.

2014.11.16.

Dublin concert tribute to heroes of Ebola crisis

St John of God Catholic Hospital Lunsar in Sierra Leone hopes to reopen later this month.

2014.11.13.

Irish nun concerned about Sierra Leone Ebola crisis

Missionary 'grounded' in Ireland while Ebola rages in West Africa fundraises to help those she ministers to.

2014.10.23.

More aid required as Ebola crisis deepens

City of Liberia put under quarantine resulting in 75,000 people being sealed into a densely-packed slum.

2014.09.23.

Ebola deaths on the rise in Africa

John of God brothers in Ireland desperately collecting funds for Ebola victims in their hospitals in Liberia and Sierre Leone.

2014.08.09.
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