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Retreat centre offers rooms for refugees

March 30th, 2017 7:10 AM

By Southern Star Team

Myross Wood: could be home for refugees

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BY JACKIE KEOGH

THE Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Myross Wood have offered to accommodate a family of refugees at their retreat centre in Leap.

Fr Michael Curran confirmed that a person acting on behalf of the Irish Red Cross has already inspected the premises and believes that with some modifications it would be suitable and ‘family-friendly.’

‘The rooms we have are adequate enough,’ said Fr Michael Curran, who is the leader of the community in Myross Wood, ‘but we will need to create family space, such a kitchen and living room.

‘We could take a family group of about 10 people,’ he said, ‘but the next step is to wait for the representative to come back to us to let us know if our offer is acceptable to the Irish Red Cross, and to receive their recommendations about the adaptations that will have to be carried out.’

Commenting on refugee crisis, Fr Curran said: ‘It is of enormous importance that Europe as a whole respond to the needs of the hundreds of thousands who are displaced, homeless and fleeing from persecution.’

Fr Curran said the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart are ‘glad to be able to help in any way. We can accommodate about 40 guests in the house, but we have space for 10 refugees, because we will also need room to accommodate the people who come here on retreat.’

You can read more about the upcoming aid plans and other project work at www.mscmissions.ie.

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