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Ukrainian families have moved from Croke Park

In the past few weeks, the GAA was able to host around 150 people who have arrived in Ireland from the Ukraine. This was in response to an emergency request from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth, and we were happy to be able to respond positively. It was always a short-term solution and the families have moved on from Croke Park to more permanent accomodation.

I would like to express my thanks to you, our neighbours, for the many messages and offerings of help and donations. We received an overwhelmingly positive response and for this we are extremely grateful. 

The families who were housed in Croke Park are living through a dreadful crisis. For any of us, we can only imagine what it would be like if we had to leave our homes, our neighbourhoods and move to another country overnight. We had young children, older people, teenagers who had to do just that. It was truly humbling, and heart-breaking, to see them face such a challenge. 

We wish them all well as they start fresh in more permanent situations around the country and once again, thank you for welcoming them while they were with us.

Peter McKenna.