The Greater Chernobyl Cause

About Us

The Greater Chernobyl Cause is based in Cork, Ireland. It began as a response to the world’s worst nuclear disaster but has now widened its mission to concentrate on the human casualties of the break-up of the former Soviet Union.

Nowhere more so than in Kazakhstan where those who survived early life in a city orphanage faced the horrific prospect of being transferred hundreds of miles to a squalid and disease-ridden institution in Ayagus. For some, it amounted to a sentence of death.

Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world. The similarities with the Chernobyl disaster are startling. It was here that the Soviet Union exploded 500 nuclear weapons in a hand-picked test site over a period of 40 years.


The results of the charity’s efforts are equally startling – new and refurbished orphanages and hospices, vital domestic appliances and medical equipment that most of us take for granted, shelter for vulnerable street children and for some, even the possibility of adoption.


Under the overall management of a Board of Directors with Fiona Corcoran at the helm, the charity draws volunteers from every sector of Irish life, from the Cork Fire Brigade and local businesses to enthusiastic schoolchildren. However, such is the scale of the challenge that the charity is always looking for new supporters. Why not click on the How you can help icon and join the growing band of those determined to make a difference.


Board of Directors

• Patrick McGrath, Chairman
• Victor Shine
• Michael O’ Sullivan


Charity Founders

• Fiona Corcoran
• Patrick McGrath


Film Production Team

• Brian Staveley, Producer / Director and Camera
• Bill Hamilton, Presenter
• Jon Bagge, Film Editor