Written by Administrator
Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00
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At this time in history when so many Irish people are living in Australia it is comforting to know that, if for any reason they get into difficulty, there is someone to come to their aid. The Claddagh Association are part of a network of Irish Support Groups around Australia able and willing to assist. Below is a letter we received from the Perth part of t
hat network. If you can assist this group financially please see email at the bottom of the following letter.

Claddagh Association Inc
Perth Western Australia
The Claddagh Association of Western Australia has assisted Irish people during times of crisis and trauma since 1997 throughout Western Australia. In the past few months there has been an unprecedented increase in the number of requests for assistance and Claddagh is struggling to meet this need.
Claddagh is increasingly encountering newly arrived Irish who have run out of funds and are at risk of homelessness. Many of these people have travelled here on a one-way ticket and their families at home in Ireland are unable to help them due to their own financial difficulties. Although there has been much talk of a skills shortage here in WA, these people are reporting difficulties in finding work. Sometimes it can take weeks to find a job and Perth is a very expensive city meaning people spend their savings quickly. In addition, the record high value of the dollar is another part of the problem - people are getting very little dollar for their euro.
Claddagh is extremely worried about this growing trend and is urging the Irish community here in WA to please spread this message to their family and friends at home. It is very important that those Irish who are planning to come to Perth realise what may lie ahead and plan and budget accordingly.
If you are one of those people experiencing financial hardship, Claddagh is here to help. Claddagh has very limited funds and will only give financial assistance (never cash) in strict circumstances. However Claddagh will support you by providing information on other charities which provide emergency relief such as food. Claddagh is made up of an entirely voluntary committee so please only contact us if you are in genuine financial hardship.
The financial support Claddagh uses to help people in crisis solely comes from fundraising. The Claddagh Association is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient and therefore donations over $2 are tax deductible for the donor. If you would like to make a donation or for further information on this issue please email
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