Stories of Our Impact

People are at the heart of what we do. 


For over 40 years, you have helped us make Ireland a better place by supporting worthy and innovative programs that are caring for Ireland’s children, preserving Irish heritage and culture, advancing education, fostering reconciliation and peace in Northern Ireland and assisting those that need it most. We've helped over 3,000 organizations help those that need it most.

Here are just a few examples of how your gifts have an impact on Ireland and beyond.

SUZIE

Suzie is a graduate of schools in Northern Ireland that bring Protestant and Catholic students together. She says, “I’m so much more open thanks to my integrated education. I want to be part of a society that actively embraces people who are different from the ones I grew up with.” Thanks to your support of integrated education, graduates like Suzie are bringing true reconciliation to Northern Ireland. We are proud to have granted over $1 million in support of integrated education in Northern Ireland.


THE FORGOTTEN IRISH

The Ireland Funds support programs that serve the "Forgotten Irish" those men and women that immigrated to the U.S. and the U.K. driven by economic necessity and lack of opportunity in Ireland. Today, many of these elderly people live in poverty and isolation. Funding has been directed to centers in London, New York, Chicago, and Boston that work directly with this fragile community so that meals, visits, counseling, transportation, and homecare can be offered to elderly Irish in need of assistance. 


CAOIMH & COSMO

Caoimh is seven years old and has an Autism Assistance Dog named Cosmo who helps his socialization. He guides Caoimh and the family has gone from despair to once again enjoying outings. His father told us, “Having this dog has changed everything for us.” The programme is the first of its kind in Europe and has been hailed as a groundbreaking advancement in  helping children with autism. Thanks to you, we support Autism Assistance Dogs in Ireland.


ANNE

Anne lives in a community with an unemployment rate of 23%, a low college enrollment and a full third of its households headed by single mothers.  Tallaght West, just south of Dublin, is a particularly challenged place. An Cosán, Irish for the path, is a project which helps Anne and the people of Tallaght West, Jobstown, Fettercairn, Brookfield and Killinarden to redefine their opportunities through education and community enterprise. Both Anne and her daughter have improved their literacy and job skills thanks to your support.