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27/11/14
Charity Founder Hopes for Boost after Award from Putin

Charity Founder Hopes for Boost after Award from Putin ; Fiona Corcoran Enjoys 'Surreal' Event in Kremlin with Russian Leader

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It's not easy to choose a present for a president, so when Fiona Corcoran was invited to Moscow to receive an award for her humanitarian work from Vladimir Putin, she thought long and hard before eventually deciding on a pair of hand-crafted Irish bellows.

"I'd heard Putin liked spending time in the countryside so thought some bellows might come in handy," says the founder of the Cork-based Greater Chernobyl Cause charity who became the first Irish citizen to receive the prestigious Russian Order of Friendship this month.

"Putin's endorsement of our work is a huge boost," she said. "Let's hope it stokes Russian interest in our projects."

After presiding over the awards ceremony in the glittering Saint George's Hall in the Kremlin, Putin took a seat beside Corcoran at a banquet.