JOHN O’Shea, founder and CEO of Irish NGO Goal, is to come to Limerick to give a talk on “surviving in a crisis”.
The prominent Irish humanitarian, who was indeed born in County Limerick but grew up in Charleville and Westport, founded Goal in 1977 and will give a talk in the Dominican Biblical Institute on Upper Cecil Street next Tuesday entitled “All that’s lacking is the will: Surviving and enabling others to survive in a time of crisis”.
Mr O’Shea set up Goal as a humanitarian organisation dedicated to helping the poorest of the poor in the developing world. Since its foundation, Goal has distributed an estimated €700 million and has had over 2,300 volunteers worldwide, operating in over 50 countries.
Brendan Clifford of the Dominican Biblical Institute, said the talk was part of a series of talks in the Cecil Street centre aimed at “doing our little bit to try and create a bit of hope in the present time”.
“We invited John for two reasons; one that we don’t forget the rest of the world in our own troubled times and that is important - the second reason is that he may have something to say to us out of his own experience in the Third World about surviving – it could give courage to people who are under pressure here,” explained Brendan.
Mr O’Shea has been scathingly outspoken against corruption and human rights abuses in the developing world and should prove an entertaining speaker at the centre.
Brendan said he believed that Mr O’Shea might inspire people to further action. “That is right, John has been a man of action and is a very outspoken man,” he commented.
“There is a spirit and a drive in him and he is inspirational. Admission is free and we are hoping people will come along, we certainly hope that people will come and hear him and there will be sufficient interest,” he added.
The talk will take place next Tuesday, April 12 at 7.30pm. Admission for the event is free, but donations are invited.