Alison – Please join Alison in celebrating 80 years of the Irish Red Cross
This year is the 80th anniversary of the Irish Red Cross. A number of free events will be taking place on the 20th and 21st of September to mark the occasion.
We invite you to join them at the building on Merrion Square North to visit and learn about the history and work of the organisation over the past 80 years.
The staff will be here to answer your questions and Joe Millar, an Irish Red Cross volunteer who is also the archivist of the Irish Red Cross, will be on hand to showcase Irish Red Cross memorabilia and artefacts.
2019 is also the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions.
Very delighted to have Dr. Jim Holohan as the guest speaker and he will give a talk at 6pm. Jim has just completed a significant academic work which will be published next year on the Cáin Adomnáin, or ‘Law of Innocents’ as it is often referred to. Promulgated in Birr, Co. Offaly in 697AD, these rules are what could be considered the Irish ‘Geneva Convention’. Jim’s research and background material is fascinating and sets a context for what is sadly happening internationally today with so many breaches of international humanitarian law.
Following on from Culture Night, on Saturday 21st September, 16 Merrion Square will again open its doors to the public from 11am-4pm.
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan will be present at 12 noon to formally launch “A History of the Irish Red Cross”. During the launch, the author of the book, Dr. Shane Lehane, who is an Irish Red Cross volunteer from Tralee, will present an enlightening summary of the history of the Irish Red Cross and our chair Pat Carey and Minister Madigan will share their thoughts with us. Light refreshments will be available after the launch.
Music will also be played live on Friday and Saturday by Irish Red Cross supporter Brian Wall, to create a warm and festive atmosphere to welcome visitors.