The Greater Chernobyl Cause

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The Greater Chernobyl Cause and its work has featured prominently in both regional, national and international publications over recent years.

Gala Auction 2015


Hammering it for Chernobyl….


On Saturday, August 8th at 8.30pm, join us for our annual auction. An amazing night is guaranteed filled with music, craic, fun, food, and friends, all to support the work of The Greater Chernobyl Cause.


The Gala Auction will be held at The Oar Bar and Restaurant Crosshaven Cork from 8.30pm til late. The restaurant will provide delicious finger food, admission is free but donations are appreciated.


The very talented MC Buzz O Connell will be ready with gavel in hand securing very fair prices for wonderful items. A great night is assured with music and craic and a very generous raffle


An incredible array of items will be on auction including  :   Art works donated by international renowned artists including  Jools Smith,  Chara Nagle, Philip French, Julian Smith etc . Membership packages at leisure centres including the Montenotte, Midleton Park, Clarion, Brookfield, Silversprings, Educo Gym, and NRG just to mention few! Breaks at leading Hotels Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, The Brehon Killarney, Castle Leslie Monaghan, Cliff House Hotel Ardmore, The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Connemara, Actons Kinsale etc.   Fishing Days, Jewellery, Sailing Lessons, Kayak Day, Jewellery, Garden Furniture, Pampering Spa Packages, Sailing Gear and Much Much More!!!

The Greater Chernobyl Cause is involved in the construction and repair of Orphanages, Hospitals and Care Centres. Supporting regional economies by purchasing all building materials locally, and in turn, providing employment to the local workforce.
Actively involved in Hospice work for the elderly. Providing overseas medical treatment for sick children and actively participate in a holiday programme. Rescue and Rehabilitation programme providing families for homeless children enabling them to ultimately make a valuable contribution to society. They send Humanitarian Aid to Kazakhstan, Ukraine & Russia in sealed 40ftcontainers. Operating an education programme for schools and colleges, educating students about the wider world and the suffering that exists there. Offer students the opportunity of gaining work experience in Cork and operating a programme for overseas volunteers.

The charity also facilitate couples in the process of overseas adoption 

Last and certainly not least they work very closely (voluntarily) with the Irish Probationary Service, rehabilitating female clients by giving them the opportunity and a chance to make a difference for their future.

Fiona Corcoran founder of GCC has appealed to people to “Come out on Saturday August 8th to The Oar Bar and Restaurant Crosshaven Co Cork. Support our auction and help us to continue with our life saving work. We believe that every person has a right to dignity and the opportunity to achieve their potential in life and to have their basic human needs met.  We cannot solve all the problems but whatever the obstacles we encounter along the way, we are certain of one thing the plight of abandoned children and elderly cannot be forgotten.”


For more details please call Fiona on 087 9536133






Wedding Fayre Appeal

Wedding Fayre Appeal


Friends, please, support The Greater Chernobyl Cause with our Wedding Fayre Appeal.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Fiona (contact email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

Cork Woman Honoured In Moscow

Cork woman Fiona Corcoran, a charity worker with The Greater Chernobyl Cause, has become the only Irish person in history to have been awarded Russia’s Order of Friendship.

The charity worker was presented with the honour by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony in the Kremlin last week to thank her for what he called her “outstanding humanitarian work in Russia”.

Ms Corcoran told Mr Putin she was accepting the award “on behalf of the charity supporters who have helped us in our very long journey”.

“The award which you have bestowed on us today will bring our work forward for the very needy” she informed President Putin, before finishing with a “go raibh míle maith agat”.

For her part, Ms Corcoran presented President Putin with a pair of handmade bellows from Ireland because, as she said afterward, she had “discovered that Putin liked spending time in the countryside so thought some bellows might make a good gift.”

“We discussed the works of The Greater Chernobyl Cause and Mr. Putin was well informed about our charitable activities and commended us on our achievements” she said. “The whole event was surreal. His endorsement of our work is a huge boost and let’s hope it stokes Russian interest in our projects.” 

Charity Founder Hopes for Boost after Award from Putin

Charity Founder Hopes for Boost after Award from Putin ; Fiona Corcoran Enjoys 'Surreal' Event in Kremlin with Russian Leader


It's not easy to choose a present for a president, so when Fiona Corcoran was invited to Moscow to receive an award for her humanitarian work from Vladimir Putin, she thought long and hard before eventually deciding on a pair of hand-crafted Irish bellows.

"I'd heard Putin liked spending time in the countryside so thought some bellows might come in handy," says the founder of the Cork-based Greater Chernobyl Cause charity who became the first Irish citizen to receive the prestigious Russian Order of Friendship this month.

"Putin's endorsement of our work is a huge boost," she said. "Let's hope it stokes Russian interest in our projects."

After presiding over the awards ceremony in the glittering Saint George's Hall in the Kremlin, Putin took a seat beside Corcoran at a banquet.