Trocaire Lenten campaign is launched

TROCAIRE started its annual Lenten campaign begins on Ash Wednesday.

“For 40 years the people of County Armagh have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the most vulnerable people in the world,” said Eithne McNulty, Trocaire’s director in Northern Ireland. “They have treated families living far away as their neighbours, reaching out with compassion during times of great need.

“Since Trocaire was established in February 1973, we have witnessed Co Armagh’s life-saving support put to good use during the famine in Ethiopia in the 1980’s, the Rwandan genocide in 1994, the devastating Asian tsunami in 2004 and when famine struck East Africa in 2011.

“People from the Archdiocese of Armagh donated £325,657 to Trocaire’s Lenten campaign last year, a remarkably generous contribution that is building stronger communities across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.”

“Posters from Trocaire’s very first Lenten campaign in March 1973 asked the question ‘Where’s my share?’ on behalf of the world’s poor,” said Ms McNulty. “Today, communities like Jhilligoan are asking this question of their governments by themselves. They have gained this strength because people from Co. Armagh have stood behind them, and through their kindness have made an incredible difference to their lives.”

Trocaire’s Lenten campaign runs to Easter Sunday, March 31. To order a Trocaire Box visit a local parish, log on to or call 0800 912 1200.