Trócaire say thanks as Christmas gifts launched

Siblings Daire (6) and Olivia (9) Fahy from Carrigaline, helped to launch Trocaire's Christmas 'Gifts of Love' for 2020. In keeping with the times, the Irish charity has added a new gift aimed at helping them respond to the Covid-19 crisis, namely the 'Quarantine Aid Kit' that will help families in 17 countries during the global pandemic. (Picture: Mike English)

The people of Cork helped 2,000 families living in some of the world’s poorest countries last year thanks to their support for Trócaire’s Christmas ‘Gifts of Love’. 

The development agency revealed that generous people across Cork spent almost €50,000 on Trócaire’s Christmas gift range last year, allowing the charity to provide families in the developing world with clean water, essential tools, livestock and help with education.

This year Trócaire has two new gifts aimed at helping people respond to the Covid-19 crisis, The Quarantine Care kit and Crisis Resilience kit.

Today, families in the world’s poorest communities are facing the threat of Covid-19 as well as drought, conflict and other disasters. Those who have to self-isolate due to Covid-19 often have to go without food or water.

The Quarantine Care Kit will provide families in quarantine or self-isolation with all the supplies they need for two full weeks.

TheCrisisResilience Kitwill provide essential items like shelter, blankets and solar lamps to help people survive multiple crises this Christmas. These are not just gifts, but a means of survival.


Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra said: “I’d once again like to thank all of our generous supporters in Cork who have bought Trócaire gifts, which help to provide essential support for some of the world’s poorest communities.

“This year our new quarantine care kit along with our gift of soap and clean water has the potential to provide protection from Covid-19 and a lifeline for struggling families who are self-isolating. Families across Africa, Asia and Central America will benefit from the new quarantine care gift.”

Trócaire’s Christmas Gifts campaign has seen almost 1 million gifts sold across the island of Ireland since 2000 and raised over €38m for the long-term work supporting families affected by the causes of poverty.

There are 17 Trócaire gifts to choose from, such as chicks, beehives and solar lamps, ranging in price from €5 to €1000. The gifts can be purchased online at or by calling 1850 408408. 

Once retail has reopened under the Government’s Living with Covid plan, gifts will be available at Trócaire’s Cork centre at 9 Cook St, Cork City. 

Trócaire volunteer Fiona Kiely, based in north Cork, will also be selling Trócaire gifts again this year and is contactable on 086-8760058.