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Strong finish to 2009 for JRS Ireland

jrs_2009_01Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland has extended a “huge thank-you” to all those who made donations to its Christmas Toy Appeal. With their help, the JRS was able to distribute presents to 50 children of asylum seekers living in hostels in Dublin city and county. A number of other end-of-year initiatives went equally well, including a Christmas celebration for the Clondalkin Towers homework club and parties for each of the English language classes in Belvedere College, Hatch Hall and Clongowes Wood College. “We would like to express our gratitude,” said JRS Ireland director Eugene Quinn, “to all our volunteer tutors, who have been so dedicated and committed to their asylum seeking, refugee and migrant students throughout the year.” The JRS also organized a Christmas celebration in its Gardiner St offices for colleagues and volunteers connected with the various Jesuit works in the area.