Years of fundraising pays off for Irish Red Cross in Clare

Years of fundraising pays off for Irish Red Cross in Clare

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Irish Red Cross' new Ennis premises. Pic: Eamon Ward
Irish Red Cross’ new Ennis premises. Pic: Eamon Ward

Clare’s Irish Red Cross celebrated a new chapter at the weekend as they opened their new training unit along with multi-purpose community support vehicle.

It comes on the back of years of fundraising which first began in 2012. Gradually over time through the Tour of Clare, initiatives with primary schools in the County, a grant from the National Lottery and the support of GAA clubs in Clare, the Irish Red Cross in Clare were able to secure the new vehicle. Works were completed on the Mercedes Sprinter EX LWB at a cost of €86,000.

There are four Irish Red Cross branches in the County based in Mountshannon, Kilrush, Ennistymon and the new premises in Ennis.

Guests at the launch included President of the Irish Red Cross, Pat Care, Clare TD, Dr. Michael Harty, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council Bill Chambers, Mayor of Ennis Ann Norton, Clare chairperson of Irish Red Cross Michael Conlan, local members John O’Dwyer, Christina O’Connor and James Lafferty who was chief fundraiser and campaign co-ordinator.

All photos by Eamon Ward

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