We cannot let this day pass without remembering and celebrating one of our very best #humanitarianwomen – Sally O’Neill.
Sadly, Sally died in a tragic accident on 7 April 2019 while still working for human rights in Central America. But her legacy very much lives on especially within Trócaire. Throughout her career, the Dungannon native worked on the frontline during some of the most significant global humanitarian crises.
Working for Trócaire for 37 years, until she retired in 2015, she worked primarily on projects in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Described by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, as “the greatest gift that Ireland gave to the Latin world in contemporary times,” Sally was courageous and inspirational.
She worked in Central America at a time when civil wars were being fought in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, and oversaw humanitarian aid to more than two million refugees in the Central American region during those years.
She was also involved in providing famine relief in Ethiopia in the mid-1980s and was central to establishing Trócaire’s programme in Somalia in the early 1990s in response to a famine there.
Sally’s life work is testament that one woman really can change the lives of thousands of others.