Home From Ebola



Today saw the return home after four months deployment to Sierra Leone of a five-strong Irish Defence Forces medical team helping fight the spread of Ebola.

The homecoming was witnessed by Random Irish Photos.

Randomer writes:

Each of them men were screened five times and they are to be screened a sixth time not that they are back on home soil.They were screened before leaving their base in Sierra Leon, then at Sierra Leon Airport, then they were screened again when they were travelling through Morocco and they were screened twice in the UK before returning to the Casement Aerodrome earlier today.

Of their time in Sierra Leone, Captain Eugene O’Connor said:

‘We were all spread out all over the country, so we all have different experiences. Obviously there is a degree of poverty there and a degree of fear with the virus But that was something that was on our minds all the time.

‘When we arrived in country, there was a spike in cases And there was always a concern that it was going to spiral out of control.We were pressed into immediate areas of hot spots quite quickly. Between all the agencies, they managed to get a hold and stymie the outbreak at that stage. So within about a month, cases began to level off and so they are almost at zero but it’s a bumpy road. It never just goes 360 cases to zero.’

Captain O’Connor was met his mother Mary, sister Tracey and Gillian, his niece Milla Banerjee, nephew Ben Banerjee, and his Italian girlfriend, Miranda Pio. Also travelling with Cpt O’Connor were Sgt David Sliney, Cpls Frank Noonan and Pierce Foley and trooper Richard Fitzgerald.

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23 thoughts on “Home From Ebola

  1. Ordered Irish Pedantry

    These photos are anything but “random”, I would have thought? If anything, it should be “specific Irish photos”.

  2. ffintii

    Would a Ryanair flight not have been cheaper to have sent these guys home, also, why is the Navy CEO on the tarmac waiting?

    1. B Hewson

      It might have been cheaper, but not as much as you are trying to cheapen the work of these citizens ebola. When you grow up you may realise what others do for others is very powerful

    1. All the good ones fly south for winter

      That boat has sailed. In retrospect you should have married a sailor on that boat.

      1. Zarathustra

        My boat is still very much in dock, thank you very much, and it won’t be sailing for a long time yet; I take it you’ll be staying up north this winter?

        1. All the good ones fly south for winter

          Well captain Gray with a wit like that I guess it’s any port in a storm I’ll inform the coast guard about your comprehension gone adrift.

  3. ThePeoplesHero

    Not trying to take away from their sterling efforts but I thought I should mention that there are numerous Irish citizens working with our Irish NGOs providing support and relief during this emergency.

    As an example and as a donor to Concern, I learned they took over the management and running of two massive graveyards in Freetown, Sierra Leone providing safe and dignified burials to those who died from the disease. 5000 people in all.

    Irish overseas aid charities frequently come under a lot of criticism as do those who fund them but for those willing to pay attention and learn what they do on our behalf, the stories are more often than not amazing….

  4. NICE anne (dammit)

    Not trying to take away from their sterling efforts but…. here is how I am going to do exactly that in a classic show of ‘whataboutery’

    If you were so concerned about getting attention for the work of other agencies and forces at work out in the field, why have you not written about them before? Where are the photos YOU took of them returning from work abroad?
    Piggybacking like this makes you look.like a whiney whatabouterist.

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