This award celebrates an outstanding individual, who shows determination and leadership, and inspires and empowers others to work towards ending global injustice and inequality.
WINNER 2018: Éamonn Meehan, Trócaire
Éamonn Meehan first joined Trócaire in 1991 as Programme Manager for the Southern Africa Region. In this role he managed the day-to-day running of Trócaire’s work in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In 1996 he became Head of the International Division, responsible for Trócaire’s work overseas. This included the allocation of resources to development and humanitarian programmes and securing co-financing from the Irish government, the EU and others. In 2002 Éamonn was appointed Deputy Director and Head of Trócaire’s Ireland Division with responsibility for fundraising, marketing, communications, development education, policy and campaigns. Éamonn became Executive Director of Trócaire in October 2013 and retired in October 2018. Originally from Kilmaley, County Clare, Éamonn holds a Masters in Education from Trinity College, Dublin. He has taught in Clane, County Kildare, Knocklyon in County Dublin and in Turkana in Kenya.
Maureen Forrest, The Hope Foundation
The remarkable journey of Maureen Forrest began after she witnessed horrific suffering during the civil war in Mozambique. There and then, Maureen decided to make a life-long commitment to humanity. Maureen first volunteered in war-torn Somalia where she risked her life to work in a centre for 2000 children. During the early 1990s Maureen then travelled to Rwanda and volunteered in a centre with refugees from the genocide, praying alongside the grim sight of mass graves. Following several volunteering visits to Kolkata, Maureen set up The Hope Foundation in 1999.
Since then thousands of people all over the world have united to fundraise for HOPE’s mission and projects. Today the foundation runs over 60 projects including 11 protection homes, a lifeskills centre and a hospital. Maureen is also the inspiration behind HOPE’s secondary school transition year Immersion Programme in Ireland. The programme mirrors the developing consciousness of a generation. These extraordinary socially conscious young people are inspired to fundraise for the projects in Kolkata, and then once they have reached their targets, they travel out to witness how their efforts have impacted lives forever. The sense of empowerment that this tangible journey gives to these young Irish people is tapping into the mindset of a generation, making them better social citizens upon their return to their communities. Since 2003 over 3000 Irish students have taken part.
Tiernan Dolan, GOAL
Tiernan Dolan, a retired teacher, amateur photographer and well-respected member of Longford’s community, has been a dedicated GOAL volunteer for almost three decades. He has raised an incredible €1.1 million in his local community to support GOAL programmes across the developing world, and witnessed first-hand the impact that GOAL’s humanitarian and emergency response interventions have had in a number of communities around the world. After visiting over 8 countries where GOAL worked towards tackling inequality, poverty and injustice, this experience propelled his passion for charity work and cemented his exceptional dedication to support GOAL throughout the years.
For many decades, Tiernan has been an advocate of highlighting GOAL’s work to eradicate inequality, poverty, and respond to emergencies in the developing world. He has hosted photography exhibitions in his community and further afield, showcasing GOAL’s work across the developing world and the welcoming communities he met along the way. He continues to organise and give presentations educating schools and the elderly in retirement homes about the impact of GOAL’s development work.
Over the years, he has empowered and motivated his local community to give generously with Longford’s football team providing jerseys to children in Darfur and he has inspired builders to rebuild houses in Honduras for communities devastated by Hurricane Mitch. With the generous support of his community, he also raised €64,000 to build 13 houses in Afghanistan in honour of his parents who had influenced him greatly throughout his life.
Dóchas is grateful for the support of our Partners for the Dóchas Awards 2018: