Sr Hilary Lyons rip

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Sr Hilary Lyons, President of SLIP. Sr Hilary died peacefully on Jan 11th. She was born on Feb 6th 1924 in Co Mayo. She joined the Holy Rosary Sisters in February 1943 as she believed she had a call to serve people in Africa. She studied medicine in UCD and on graduation in 1952 was sent to Sierra Leone. She worked in Serabu for 42 years. Her dream of founding a hospital there was realised in 1970.She excelled as a surgeon and a midwife. She was recognised by the royal College of Physician in Ireland when they awarded her an Honoroary Fellowship in 1962.
She has been a much valued member of Sierra Leone Ireland Partnership since her return to Ireland. She will be sorely missed.


The SLIP AGM was held yesterday after the SLIP Planning Day.


The annual report was approved and the following officers were appointed:

Chairperson                                                                                        Elizabeth Smith

Company secretary                                                                           Martin Rowan

Recording secretary                                                                         Liam McGlynn

Treasurer                                                                                               Ibrahim Bah

Finance Co-ordinator                                                                        Jim Owens

Engagement Officer                                                                           Martin Rowan

Rapporteur from education Conference sub-committee  – Frank Roden

Web minder                                                                                         Geraldine Horgan

2019 AGM SLIP 19th Oct 3.30 @44 Belgrave Square w, Rathmines, Dublin, D06V5X0

Dear Friends of Sierra Leone,

Abbeyshrule,Keenagh, Ballinahown, Clonmacnoise, Drumherriff, Moydow, Drumshanbo,could be lyrics from a Brendan Shine song, or a Kavanagh poem, and maybe they are. But they all sent people to Yengema Secondary School (YSS) in the 60’s and 70’s,and those people have remained deeply connected to the school through the war, and Ebola, to this very day.

I hope you will be able to go to the fundraising concert for YSS at St Mel’s Cathedral, Longford, on Friday 25th of October, at 8pm. Tickets are €25 and can be ordered from John Flavin at The cast is: Liam Lawton in concert, guest Eimear Barry, with the St Mel’s Cathedral & Longford Cathedral Choir.

All the places recorded above, are in the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, of which St Mel’s is the cathedral! The Archbishop of Freetown and Bo, Edward Tamba Charles, is a past pupil of YSS. And, the Irish/Sierra Leonean daughters of, another of YSS’s brightest and best, Tommy Garnett, are at the cutting edge of Art/Soul music. Sally and Emma Garnett (performer names Loah and Fehdah) can be followed on Loah@musicbyloah andFehdahFoli@FehdahFoli.

The funds raised will be presented to Bishop Henry Aruna, the bishop of Kenema, when he visits Ireland for the Sierra Leone Ireland Partnership (SLIP) conference on Education in Sierra Leone, in March, next year. The funds will be used to rebuild the school and restore a high level of education to local school children.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Finally, the 2019 AGM of the Sierra Leone Ireland Partnership (SLIP) will take place at 44 Belgrave Square w, Rathmines, Dublin, D06V5X0 on Saturday 19th of October at 3.30pm.

Best wishes,


 Martin Rowan
Mobile: 00353 87 9967990




Fund raising concert Fri 25th Oct in Longford Cathedral

Fund raising concert for Yengema Secondary School in St. Mel’s Cathedral Longford on Friday 25th October at 8.00 pm

Liam Lawton in Concert plus special guests Eimear Barry,St.Mel’s Cathedral &Longford County Choirs.


Contact : John Flavin CSSp

086 121 1524 or 01 4995733