Countries, Ireland

Dublin hub from hub for Ukrainians

It was a home from home in my 13 years in Ireland which is why I’m flagging up a Dublin hub from hub for Ukrainians.

Ireland has been as good as its word as the land of a hundred thousand welcomes the refugees from war.

And Ukrainian families arriving in Ireland are immediately made to feel at home with the biggest Failte.

Nappy days

Child’s play: And Dublin Airport helps out.

Dublin Airport has given over room in its old terminal for facilities and provisions for its new guests.

More than 2,500 Ukrainian refugees have already arrived, with children comprising a third of that number.

And the kindly Irish have filled it with toys, baby food and nappies.

All very necessary with two-thirds of the entrants children, with the menfolk staying behind to fight for their homeland.

20,000 welcomes

Ukrainians welcome: Ireland’s famous fáilte

Of course there are the pressing matters to of accommodation, public services and medical care and that is also being processed without fuss.

In all Ireland is set to welcome in 20,000 and upwards in Ukrainean refugees.

And that is more than commendable for a population of 4million.

That neutral Ireland is so welcoming should come as little surprise to those with long memories of world wars.

And for those of us who lived a decade and a half in Ireland.

Operation Shamrock

You’re Irish now: The German refugees

Operation Shamrock was a joint Save the German Children Society and Irish Red Cross initiative after the Second World War.

And 500 children were fostered out to Irish families for three years with 50 staying or returning from Germany.

Danke: The German gift

Tourists ambling through St Stephen’s Green in the centre of Dublin, or indeed on their lunch hour probably miss the memorial.

The Three Faites fountain which was donated by the West German government.

There is another more living, breathing legacy of Operation Shamrock in Glencree.

Centre for peace and reconciliation 

Reunion: Of the German children

The clearing house for those children in the verdant hills of Co. Wicklow.

Where there is an exhibition from that time at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.

While you can also visit 134 graves of mainly German Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine forces nearby.

All of which proves that no matter whether our countries are on the frontline or not we cannot and should not stand on the sidelines.

Charity begins at hub

Ole ole ole: The Green Army

And as we continue with normal life and the Irish and their friends pass through Dublin Airport this week in their numbers.

For St Paddy’s Day and later with money from their Cheltenham winnings they will fill those charity boxes.

At a Dublin hub from hub for Ukrainians.

 

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