World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

Today, on World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, we celebrate the incredible achievements of millions of volunteers around the world and in every
community. We are especially proud of the many Irish Red Cross volunteers who work tirelessly in their communities through a diverse and innovate range of services tailored to the local needs. From patient transfers to community health, first aid training, working with migrants and emergency response, the Irish Red Cross provides these services through the dedication of more than 3,800 volunteers. 


On Saturday, 6th May, the Irish Red Cross National Volunteer Awards took place in Croke Park, Co Dublin. Cork man, John Joe Lyons was named as the National Volunteer Awards2017 Irish Red Cross Volunteer of the Year whilst thirteen-year-old Duncan Rose received the Irish Red Cross Young Volunteer of The Year Award. To view our p

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John Joe has been a volunteer with the Irish Red Cross for more than 40 years.

In the early hours of the morning, in June 2012, Cork was hit by flash flooding, including John Joe’s home town, Clonakilty. On the night of the flooding I received a call from Johnjoe at 03.10 am to ask me what the situation was, I been with the local fire service told him exactly what the town looked like at this stage and Johnjoe’s next question was do we need to deploy. By 04.00am Johnjoe had a crew of 20 Red Cross personal scrambled from the Clonakilty Branch and later sought crews from Mallow, Kanturk, Bantry and Bandon at 23.00pm the following night Johnjoe was still out on the streets of the town ensuring that local residence had enough food, water and clean linen while also helping those worst affected to clean up the damage.

Duncan Rose, also of Clonakilty in Cork, has spearheaded activities in support of local causes.


In 2016, Duncan and his fellow Irish Red Cross Youth members organised an advent collection for Cork Penny Dinners.  During the collection, Duncan took it upon himself to contact family, friends and members of the public to gather the food and equipment needed.  Duncan was also involved in setting up a water station for runners of the Cork Marathon. Duncan was to the fore that day when a runner became unwell and didn’t hesitate at putting his recently learnt first aid skills into use.

Today, like every day, is your day – Happy World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day from everyone at the IRISH Red Cross. 



Happy Volunteering,