The Legacy of Irish Missionaries Lives On

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Matt Moran
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This book is about the development and humanitarian work pioneered and undertaken for decades by Irish missionaries in Africa and the Global South, and how that work is now being expanded and carried forward by local religious and indigenous missionaries. It explores:
– The extent of the legacy being handed over by Irish missionaries
– Their unique dedication and how that is recognised internationally
– The missionary influence on Ireland’s overseas aid programme launched in 1974
– The role of faith in international development
– The advocacy work by religious at the U.N.
– Community structures missionaries put in place to plan for their succession in the Global South
– The contribution to mission by lay people and volunteers
– Parish twinning as a new human bridge between Ireland and the Global South
– How missionary development interventions remain integral to Ireland’s aid programme, and why Irish Aid should continue to fund it through Misean Cara.

The book, which has received many positive reviews, contains a miscellany of perspectives from people – many in Africa, South America and Asia – who have experienced the work of Irish missionaries. It illustrates the geographical shift of Christianity to the Global South where a vibrant new movement is continuing the legacy.

The Foreword to the book was written by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Sold by: Matt Moran
After a career in the public service and later in international development with Catholic missionaries and serving as Chairperson of the Board of Misean Cara, Matt Moran turned to writing as a hobby in retirement. He published The Legacy of Irish Missionaries Lives On in 2016 exploring how the development and humanitarian work commenced and undertaken for decades in the Global South by the Irish is being continued and expanded by local religious and indigenous missionaries in those territories. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, wrote the Foreword to the book which was launched by Senator Rónán Mullen. In 2022, he published The Theology of Integral Human Development exploring the role of faith in international development and in public affairs in Ireland. The Foreword to the book was written by Dr David Begg, former CEO of Concern Worldwide and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences at Maynooth University. It was launched by Carol Nolan TD, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Oireachtas Life & Dignity Group, David Begg, and Professor Fáinche Ryan, Director of the Loyola Institute at TCD, Dublin. He is currently undertaking research for a book on The Cultural Colonisation of Africa by the West. He contributes articles on religious and social affairs and international development to a number of online channels in Ireland, the U.K, and Asia

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