Sunday 25 August 2019

In pictures: Chernobyl children arrive in Ireland for Christmas

Adi Roche pictured with Igor Shadkov [16] , Santa , Santa’s Helper and 38 other children with special needs from Chernobyl as they arrived at Dublin airport Picture: Frank Mc Grath
Adi Roche pictured with Igor Shadkov [16] , Santa , Santa’s Helper and 38 other children with special needs from Chernobyl as they arrived at Dublin airport Picture: Frank Mc Grath
Adi Roche pictured with Igor Shadkov [16] , Santa , Santa’s Helper and 38 other children with special needs from Chernobyl as they arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Thirteen year old Mariyna Malinous from Chernobyl pictured with her Irish Mum Triona Gilchrest from Old Town Co Dublin, [on left] and Chernobyl Children International helpers,Harriett Mongey from Malahide and Denise Hall, Old Town Co Dublin after 39 children with special needs from Chernobyl arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Sviatlana Rukan Yuliya Kupriyanova andNatallia Huchenka all from Chernobyl pictured with their Irish host Mum Isobel Samrona from Drogheda after they and 38 other children with special needs from Chernobyl arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Thirteen year old Vasili Yushynski pictured with his “ Irish Mum” Marina Furman from Dunboyne, and Santa’s helper Julia Shynkarenka ,after 39 children with special needs from Chernobyl arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Thirteen year old Vasili Yushynski pictured with his “ Irish Mums” Marina Furman, Dunboyne ,Geraldine McGarry, Enfield as he poses for pictures with Santa, Santa’s helper Julia Shynkarenka and Adi Roche after 39 children with special needs from Chernobyl arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Thirteen year old Vasili Yushynski pictured with his “ Irish Mum” Marina Furman, Dunboyne, and Santa’s helper Julia Shynkarenka ,after 39 children with special needs from Chernobyl arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Ten year old Angelina Harakova from Chernobyl pictured with Mary Suguru [on left] and her daughter in law Susan Suguru and her daughters Roisin [9] and Ciara [12] all from Tralee , after Angelina along with 38 other children with special needs from Chernobyl arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Igor Shadkov [16] gets a kiss from Santa’s Helper Julie Shynkarenka after Igor and 38 other children with special needs from Chernobyl arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Igor Shadkov [16] from Chernobyl, pictured with his “ Irish Mum” Marie Cox from Castlebar after Igor and 38 other children with special needs from Chernobyl as they arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Vasili Lyskavets[21] from Chernobyl pictured with Eileen and Orla Morrissey from Kilkenny as Vasili and 38 other children with special needs from Chernobyl arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Vasili Lyskavets [21] from Chernobyl pictured with Eileen and Orla Morrissey from Kilkenny as Vasili and 38 other children with special needs from Chernobyl arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Vasili Lyskavets [21] from Chernobyl gets a kiss Orla Morrissey as his “Irish Mum” Eileen Morrissey looks on, after Vasili and 38 other children with special needs from Chernobyl arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Vasili Lyskavets from Chernobyl pictured with Eileen and Orla Morrissey from Kilkenny as Vasili and 38 other children with special needs from Chernobyl arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Adi Roche pictured with Igor Shadkov [16] 38 other children with special needs from Chernobyl as they arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Adi Roche pictured with Igor Shadkov [16] , Santa , Santa’s Helper and 38 other children with special needs from Chernobyl as they arrived at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with host families from around Ireland. The Chernobyl disaster took place 30 years ago this year. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 21/12/16
Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

These heartwarming images show the moment 39 Chernobyl children arrived into Dublin Airport ecstatic – as they prepare for an exciting Christmas.

The kids, some orphaned and some abandoned by parents who were unable to cope with their illnesses and disabilities landed in the capital yesterday afternoon.

It’s 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster.

The children were welcomed by Christmas carols and a standing ovation from more than 100 people.

Igor (16) has been visiting the Cox family in Castlebar, Co. Mayo for the past eight years.

He is just one of thousands of children who were abandoned into bleak, inhumane institutions as babies.

Though he has huge physical impairments all his life, he can now avail of a specially designed wheelchair, which gives him mobility and freedom.

He’s one of the family, according to Marie Cox.

“He spends four weeks in the summer and two to three at Christmas – I’ve four sons and he’s like a fifth son,” she said.

“The first time he came to Ireland he hadn’t experienced wind or felt the rain or hadn’t been outside of the institution ever.

“He can communicate with us.

“He loves it and usually five days before he’s due to leave he’d ask ‘mama, me stay?’ or ‘mama, Belarus broke, me stay?’

“It’s very tough (when he goes), my husband won’t even come to the airport with him because we just miss him so much and the house is so quiet when he’s gone,” she added.

Meanwhile, it was a long but exciting journey from Dublin to Kerry for Angelina (10) who made her first trip to Ireland.

Angelina can’t walk, use her hands or speak and communicates with her eyes.

She’ll stay with Susan Sugrue.

“We’re ready for her and there’s people dropping off presents at the house already,” Susan said.

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