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JRS Homework Club in Clondalkin

To mark the end of its second term, Jesuit Refugee Service (Ireland) held a quiz last Thursday for asylum-seeking children who attend the JRS Homework Club. The Club is held in Clondalkin Towers, a state-provided accommodation centre for people seeking asylum, and is available to the students on two afternoons each week. Proceedings start with a chat and a snack; ...

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Football in Foynes

A joint initiative between JRS Ireland and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) for asylum seekers who are residents in Mount Trenchard, Foynes commenced with a Soccer Open Day on the 19th February 2009. Developed by Rory Halpin SJ (JRS Ireland) and Conor Nestor (FAI), the initiative involves an Open Day on the grounds of the Direct Provision Centre followed ...

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World Day of Migrants

‘Floods of refugees’, ‘waves of migrants’, ‘immigration flow’… In an incisive article for World Day of Migrants and Refugees (18 January), Eugene Quinn, director of JRS Ireland, identifies a dehumanising tendency in our use of such “hydraulic metaphors”. “It is as if refugees and migrants are a wave that might drown us,” he writes. Taking his cue from the Pope’s ...

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Making headway with JRS in Limerick

In his first weeks in the Jesuit Refugee Service in Limerick, Rory Halpin SJ has been working with JRS Director Eugene Quinn to identify the needs of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in and around the Limerick area. Their initial work will entail pastoral outreach to three of the five Direct Provision Centres (Foynes, Clyde House, and Knockalisheen), focusing on ...

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JRS Ireland welcomes new faces

Two new staff members have recently taken up their posts with JRS Ireland. Rory Halpin SJ (pictured right) has arrived in Limerick, and is looking forward to the challenge of assisting asylum seekers in the city and the surrounding area. And in the Dublin office, Elizabeth O’Rourke has begun her work as Integration Officer. Her role is to develop integration ...

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JRS Ireland bids Arthur adieu

The 2008 JRS Ireland Summer Programme of activities for asylum-seeking families would have been impossible without the generous support of volunteers Arthur Bommier, Maria Garcia, Bart Parys, Tina Peji and Angeline Fanning. On 31 July, Arthur Bommier (19) will return to France after a month of volunteering with JRS Ireland. He will start university in Paris in the autumn. He ...

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Fun continues on JRS Ireland’s Summer Programme

A Family Fun Day will be held in Mountjoy Square Park on Thursday 24 July for the families of asylum seekers who are participating in JRS Ireland’s Summer Programme. The programme has been running since July 10 and has catered in many and varied ways for Dublin-based asylum seekers and their families. There have been twice-weekly swimming sessions for the ...

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JRS seeks new Integration Officer

The Jesuit Refugee Service (Ireland) is currently welcoming applications for the post of Integration Officer, a two-year, fixed-term, full-time contract. The successful candidate will be required to support and develop the integration services of the JRS, which have a special focus on education, and to contribute to the policy and advocacy work of the JRS in this area. Those interested ...

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Guiney in Toronto

On Thursday, May 29, John Guiney, SJ visited the Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) office in Toronto. The visit included a conversation with CJI and Curia staff, which focused on his work in Africa, a reflection on recent events in Kenya and his plans for international work in the Irish province. For more than 25 years he lived and worked in ...

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Community Links project achieves goals

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Ireland is holding an event this Thusday to mark a successful end to the work of the Community Links project over the last five years. Initially created in 2002 as a JRS response to the needs of refugee and migrant families arriving in Dublin’s inner city, an external evaluation concluded that the project had, in fact, ...

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