Olive Cluskey Deasy is originally from Mansfieldstown, between Castlebellingham and Duffy’s Cross.
She lives in Luxembourg with her husband Declan and has been there since 1978.
They moved to Luxembourg when Declan took up an appointment with the European Commission.
Olive taught foreign languages at a European school in Luxembourg and has now retired.
For the past years few years she has been working for a voluntary organisation in Luxembourg which raises money for a charity called the International Bazaar.
This charity started in Luxembourg 50 years ago when a group of women whose families had come to live and work in the Grand Duchy, set up a n annual Christmas time bazaar. It grew over the years and over the past 50 years has donated €10m to charities around Europe and the world.
“The Bazaar is held every December,” said Olive, “and comprises of stands representing over fifty countries, each selling products from its own country.
“The Ireland stand sells woolens, salmon, Irish coffee, and is very successful in its fundraising.
“Some of the money raised goes to a central charity and the rest to various charities in the different countries.
“A lot of the money raised in the past decade has gone to charities here in Louth, particularly in Dundalk, as I have sought out the charities myself and ensured that these causes received our funds.
“We have sent money to North Louth Hospice, The Birches Alzheimer Centre, Crescent Project House for Homeless Men Dundalk, Drogheda Hospice and Homecare Association, Abacus Autistic Centre, Drogheda, Women’s Aid, Dundalk. And the Youth Centre, Roden Place Dundalk.”
“The various sums sent from Luxembourg have been used to buy cookers, fuel, furniture etc. The last one at Roden Place was used to create a garden for teenagers.”
So Olive has not forgotten her roots and has tried to ensure that some of the money raised goes to Louth. You can contact Olive about the charity at: firstname.lastname@example.org