Oscar Romero Garden – St Patrick’s College Maynooth

Address by Sally O’Neill at the opening of this lasting tribute to Blessed Oscar Romero martyred in El Salvador  in 1980

To find out more see – Trocaire Oscar Romero Family award which is linked with the preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018

Sally O’Neill

Sally O’Neill was the former Head of Region for Latin America for Trócaire.  Within weeks of joining Trócaire in 1978, three bitter civil wars broke out in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Sally led delegations of politicians and bishops to Central America, so they could see the suffering, translating for Archbishop Oscar Romero six weeks before he was murdered.

She oversaw humanitarian aid to more than two million refugees in the Central American region in the following years.  Her distinguished 37 year service to Trócaire included Ethiopia during the famine in the mid-eighties and played a central role in Trócaire’s response to the famine in Somalia in the early 1990s, establishing its programme in Gedo, which still operates today.

Sally was appointed by the President of Ireland as a member of the High Level Panel for the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad in 2012 and awarded the Hugh O´Flaherty Humanitarian Award in 2011.

About the Author
Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families. Families and others from all over the world will gather in Dublin from 21-26 August 2018 to celebrate their lives together, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith.  The chosen by Pope Francis for WMOF2018 is The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World. See www.worldmeeting2018.ie