Death of Archbishop Joseph Henry Ganda 9-08-2023

SLIP expresses sympathy to the Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Archdiocese of Freetown on the recent death of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Henry Ganda on the 9th August 2023. SLIP also extends sympathy to the family and friends of Archbishop Ganda, and his community of faith.

Joseph Ganda was born in March 1932 in Serabu and was ordained a priest in April 1961, the significant year of Sierra Leone Independence. He retired in March 2007.

Bishop Ganda was pre-deceased by his parents and sister who died at a young age when she was a student in St. Joseph’s Brookfields. Archbishop Ganda was well known to many Irish people and especially to the Missionary Sisters, Spiritans, Christian Brothers. He is fondly remembered by the Catholic community and the wider Christian community many of whom worked alongside him for several years.

May the soul of Archbishop Ganda rest in peace.

Congratulations on 62 Years of Independence

SLIP extends warmest wishes and well being to all the people of Sierra Leone on the occasion of 62 years of Independence.

We extend very special wishes to our friends in Sierra Leone, our members, the Irish Embassy staff and the former ICOS students.


The SLIP Annual Report was delivered at a zoom meeting on December. The report is viewable

‘Leaves From The Cotton Tree’

The launch took place of the book ‘Leaves From the Cotton Tree’ on Friday 2nd September 2022. Scroll down to see the link to buy your copy for Eu 15.00.

It was a wonderful celebration of SLIP@30. It was very well attended by friends of SLIP from the many different connections over 30 years of the work of SLIP . We were honoured to have Salome Mgubua launch the book, Abass Kargbo reflect on it and Helen Fallon to read her poem, The Mango Sellers, which is printed in the book.

A sincere thanks to all who attended to celebrate with us, including the people who joined online. Also thanks for all the good wishes received from many invited guests who were unable to attend.

Martin Rowan Chairperson of SLIP at the book launch

Salome Mbugua, CEO of AkiDwA- The Migrant Women’s Network Ireland launching ‘Leaves from the Cotton Tree’

Click on the link below or Scan the QR code to buy your copy. Please choose the correct postage rate.

Costs Eu 15 postage extra- see link for different rates.



Novelists, journalists and diplomats since 1948 have recounted Sierra Leone as a scene of sorrowful mysteries. In September 2022, The  Sierra Leone Ireland Partnership launched ‘Leaves From The Cotton Tree’ into that literary canon created by authors such as Graham Greene, Aminatta Forna, Ishmael Beah and our own  Sinéad Walsh. This collection of thirty-seven essays,  however, eschews the expectations of the tradition and opts to present the ties of joy and energy that bind Sierra Leone and Ireland. Its pages acknowledge the backdrop of tragedy but also chart lives lived happily, with deep emotional connection. It fits what  Rebecca Solnit called “ the accretion of individual memory and sustenance, the maternal landscape of uneventful eventful routine”.

This book was produced with the support of Irish Aid.