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Albania shows resilience in combatting COVID -19

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Albania has entered the COVID-19 lockdown since 13 March. According to government emergency law,  people and cars may only travel between 5 am until 1 pm from Monday to Friday. Essential activities are also limited only to these designated hours.

As of May 1st, 2020, there are 782 infected people and 31 deaths. The state has a limited budget, human resources, and medical supplies to address the situation related to COVID-19, but recently a fund from the EU and donations from other countries have been dedicated to COVID-19 response.

The Chairman of Irish Friends of Albania, Mr. Jack McCann a well-known lecturer and plastic surgeon, had well planned his continuous support for the Albanian doctors, training them in the field of Microsurgery.

These training visits were due to take place in spring and summer 2020, but due to the COVID-19 situation and the strong restrictions that are put in place, he hopes that these training sessions will take place before the end of 2020.

Earthquake in Albania: €6,500 raised from donations and collections

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The earthquake of November 26, 2019, in Albania killed 51 people, sent hundreds to hospitals, and left thousands homeless. 
The Albanian Community in Ireland and Irish Friends of Albania responded quickly and raised €6,500 from donations and collections from Galway Shopping Centre and other shopping centres to help the victims of this tragedy.

Two trucks of collections of clothes and supplies were loaded and sent to the victims of this earthquake. The transportation of these goods was organised and sponsored by the Albanian community in Dublin.

There was a strong campaign towards this earthquake tragedy and we would like to thank everyone who donated and helped with time or money.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Albania at this terrible time.
– If you would like to send clothes, shoes, bedding, tinned food etc – a drop off point is VENEZIA RESTAURANT in BALLINASLOE .
– Galway City drop off point for donations of warm clothes, shoes, blankets and toys is at Galway Shopping Centre on Headford Road (old Bank of Ireland) near main entrance on Thursday 28th November 9.30am till 5.30pm.
Sincere thanks for all donations.

If you prefer to send money – the account details for IRISH FRIENDS OF ALBANIA are as follows ….


Irish Friends of Albania Audit 2018


Audited Accounts for 20018, now available to view.

We have now posted our audit for 2018 to our website. Mazars of Salthill completed this audit and we are very grateful for their long-standing support. All our supporters and the general public are welcome to view the accounts. Our greatest supporters are you the general public which supports all our work and Irish Aid which supported our medical collaboration with Mother Theresa University Hospital. Irish Friends of Albania Financial_Statements_2018

Click here to see it: Irish Friends of Albania Audit 2018

Breakfast In Venice – Irish Friends Of Albania


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Fundraising For Irish Friends of Albania

Full Irish Breakfast at Venice Restaurant from 9am to 1130 am on Saturday. €15 pp or all donations gratefully accepted.

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Our projects for the rest of 2018 are:  – upgrade of the Solar Heating Systems of 5 Homes …

Irish Friends of Albania – Charity Breakfast in Venice, October 13th, 2018


Charity Breakfast in Venice, October 13th. We are hosting a Charity Breakfast to support the visit of our volunteer construction team to Albania.

Thanks to Ilir and Saimir of Venice for offering to prepare a full Irish Breakfast from 9am to 11:30 am on Saturday October 13th at Venice on Abbeygate Street.

All are very welcome, tickets are €15. Please invite your friends and you can book a table for any number from 1 to 20. Contact 086 3958589 for tickets.

All proceeds will support the visit of John Kehoe and his volunteer team who travel to Albania in November to carry out upgrades on the solar water heating systems and bathrooms in 5 homes for Children, Disable Children and the Elderly throughout Albania.

John and his team installed these systems during the period 2009 to 2013. These systems provide hot water to over 200 children and vulnerable people every day. The visit will take place in November, in order to have all systems fully services ahead of the winter.



Chairman Mr Jack McCann conducts Microsurgery Course and is awarded Honorary Professorship

Our Chairman Mr Jack McCann was conferred with a Honorary Professorship of Mother Theresa University Hospital in April 2018. This conferral took place during the delivery of a course in Microsurgery by Jack and fellow Albanian surgeons. The course took place in the Microsurgery Laboratory established with our support. Jack and all at the charity were touched and delighted by this honour which recognises 13 years of support from Ireland to Mother Theresa University Hospital.

jackPictured at the conferral of the Honorary Professorship of Mother Theresa University Hospital to Mr Jack McCann are Prof. Dr. Xheladin Dracini, Dean of Medicine of Tirana University, Mr Jack McCann and Prof. Dr. Mentor Petrela, chief of Neurosurgery, MTUH.

Next Microsurgery Training mission will take in November 2017


After sharing experience and learning with colleagues in the Balkans in the International Conference on “Contemporary Treatment of Dentofacial Deformities” in Prishtina, Kosova in June 2017, Mr. Jack McCann, the Chairman of Irish Friends of Albania, will travel to Albania for the next microsurgery training mission which will take in November 2017 in the microsurgery laboratory in Mother Theresa University Hospital, Tirana. Mr Jack McCann will make his fourth training visit to this centre which Irish Friends of Albania have established with support from Irish Aid and most recently Electric Aid.

Up to 25 surgeons from Albania and Kosova will participate in the training which will improve their skills and knowledge of micro-surgery. They come from all specialties of surgery . Mr McCann will also liaise with Tirana University on its plans to include microsurgery within the curriculum of the Faculty of Medicine.

Friends-of-Albania-Microscopes1Essential items needed to support this trip are sutures, micro instruments and Irish Friends of Albania is very grateful to medical companies and hospitals which can assist with their supply.

The courses entailed end to end anastomosis of arteries and veins, end to side anastomosis, vein grafts, nerve repair and nerve grafting. These were basic courses and it is necessary that each participant practice as much as possible in order to maintain their skills before they embark on real cases. They will be able to attend refresher courses in time. There is already a large waiting list for the workshop training. Our intention is to provide more microscopes and instruments to facilitate the training of more surgeons in each Microsurgery course, who will then bring the skills to their own units to the benefit of their patients.

In Octocber 2015, Mayor of Galway, Frank Fahy met with Albanian doctors at this Microsurgery Training Laboratory in Tirana, and after that in June 2016: Mayor Frank Fahy’s Mayoral Ball Contributed €3,000 to Irish Friends of Albania.Microscope Laboratory Entrance

Sharing Our Experience and Learning with Colleagues in the Balkans