I am currently based in US and visited my father in Tipperary recently. While there my brother came across the 1987 Drom-Inch Parish magazine. I believe this was the last year it was published.
The opening article by the then Parish Priest Father Flynn (RIP) caught my attention (extract below). Realising that it was not written today but 24 years ago sent a shiver down my spine. This is the obvious proof of the historically established fact that no new generation has learned ‘life lessons’ from earlier ones. Only chosen persons learn these lessons, but even they have been rarely able to apply such lessons in order to improve substantially their life on this earth. Small nations, regretfully, are even more condemned to repeat their tough history.
The only hope I can take is that we have recovered before and shall again. Let’s hope that we can remember a little better next time.
Tipperary People Help Poorest On Earth
I am writing to thank the people of Tipperary for their support throughout 2011. The last twelve months have not been easy for Ireland, but the people of Tipperary have not let their own difficulties get in the way of their commitment towards helping some of the poorest people on earth.
Never was this support as evident as during the recent emergency appeal for east Africa. Irish people donated an incredible €10m to Trócaire, with €5.6m coming directly from collections at parishes across the country. This money has allowed us to work with almost 450,000 people in the region, delivering food, water and medical assistance to those most in need. In short, it has allowed us to save lives.
From our Lenten appeal, through to our Christmas Global Gift campaign, people in Tipperary stand side-by-side with the people we work with in the developing world; people who often have no other means of survival other than the generosity of others.
Trócaire is entrusted each year with the responsibility of administering donations from Ireland towards making a lasting difference in desperately poor countries. We are honoured to be given this responsibility, and humbled that even in difficult economic times people in Ireland recognise the importance of this work.
A recent international survey found that Irish people are the most charitable in Europe and the second most charitable worldwide. In an era with so much negativity, our commitment towards the world’s poor is something we should feel proud of.
We thank your readers, and wish them all a very happy 2012.
On behalf of everyone at GOAL, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Irish people for the support they have given the organisation over the past 12 months.
GOAL will have spent in the region of €70 million on the poorest of the poor in the developing world in 2011. This money has been directed towards a range of programmes, including the completion of 2,000 houses for survivors of the Haiti earthquake, the delivery of critical aid to thousands of Somali famine refugees, and innumerable other projects across the 13 countries in which we operate.
GOAL also achieved a significant milestone during the year, when our overall spending on the poor since our inception in 1977 reached and bypassed the $1 billion mark.
I want to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a peaceful and happy New Year. It is in their name that GOAL will continue to assist the poverty-stricken and the downtrodden of the developing world.
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