Inishowen reaches out to aid refugee appeal

Inishowen Councillor Jack Murray is co-ordinating collection points for clothing and supplies in Donegal, which Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity will transport to refugees.

Councillor Murray said he was glad to help and told how people across Inishowen are keen to show their support.

He said: “ I put a photo and status on facebook during the week, which said how 170 years ago, the Irish were boarding coffin ships and are grateful to the charity and humanity we did receive, I compared it to how Syrians trying to cross the Mediterranean today are no different to the Irish of the 1840s and we have a responsibilty to them. I’ve never seen a reaction like it on my page. The post was ‘liked’ over 4,000 times and shared over 2,300 times by yesterday.”

Anyone who would like to donate items, including clothing, toiletries and blankets, can contact Colr Murray on 087 350 9670 or leave them at Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn’s constituency office in Buncrana.

Other collection points in Inishowen include the Exchange, Buncrana, as well as at Orchid Beauty in Carndonagh. Items can be dropped in during salon hours.

There are also numerous collection points in Derry.

There will also be a coffee morning, run by the Fahan branch of the Irish Red Cross, this Saturday in the Fowler Hall, Tooban at 11am in aid of the IRC Migration Appeal.

The Journal understands that more collection points and fundraisers across the peninsula will be confirmed in the coming days.

In Derry, there are also a number of outlet including Spar in Strathfoyle, Galliagh and the EuroSpar in Hatfield have set-up collection points and customers are encouraged to donate what they can.

Galaxy Allstar Cheer in Springtown Industrial Estate is acting as a collection point as is Million Dollar Fitness in Bonds Hill on the Waterside.