SLIP congratulates Sr.Mary Sweeney

Distinguished Service award from President Michael D. Higgins:

Today President Michael D. Higgins will present a Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad to Sr. Mary D. Sweeney of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny.

Further details of the award can be found on

Information about St. Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired which was founded with the help of the people of Makeni by Sr. Mary and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny can be got at the sites below:



Twitter:  Frnds_StJosKids

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Sierra Leone features in ‘what in the world?’ RTE

RTE TV Programme ‘What in the World’ has special feature on ebola in Sierra Leone focusing on the poverty and under resourced health system which greatly contributed to the fertile environment for the spread of the disease.

The link for the feature programme on the ebola period in Sierra Leone can be found at the link below:

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Ambassador Catherine Campbell welcomes SLIP

Four SLIP members visit Sierra Leone to celebrate 25 years since SLIP was founded:

The delegation comprising Fr. Austin Healy CSSp, Mr. Frank Roden, Geraldine and Jim Owens returned from a most informative, enjoyable and consequently worth while 2 week trip on the 17th November.  They travelled to many parts of the country including Bo, Kenema, Pendembu, Makeni, Sewafe, Yengema, Koidu and Freetown.

When they visited Freetown they were kindly invited by Ambassador Campbell for dinner at her residence.  They were joined for the occasion by 2 members of the Spiritan congregation Superior Fr. John Fella and recently ordained Fr. Emmanuel Bureh.

The Ambassador congratulated SLIP for continuing to support links between the 2 countries. Discussions were wide ranging, with the visitors who were ‘old handers’ in Sierra Leone telling stories of past experiences and exploits while the Ambassador also shared some stories of her immersion into her new post in recent months.

The Ambassador posted  congratulations to SLIP on the Twitter account, details of which can be found on the link below:

Congrats @followSLIP on 25 years of SL-Ireland partnership – lovely evening celebrating anniversary visit to SL