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28/11/14
Cork Woman Honoured In Moscow

Cork woman Fiona Corcoran, a charity worker with The Greater Chernobyl Cause, has become the only Irish person in history to have been awarded Russia’s Order of Friendship.

The charity worker was presented with the honour by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony in the Kremlin last week to thank her for what he called her “outstanding humanitarian work in Russia”.

Ms Corcoran told Mr Putin she was accepting the award “on behalf of the charity supporters who have helped us in our very long journey”.

“The award which you have bestowed on us today will bring our work forward for the very needy” she informed President Putin, before finishing with a “go raibh míle maith agat”.

For her part, Ms Corcoran presented President Putin with a pair of handmade bellows from Ireland because, as she said afterward, she had “discovered that Putin liked spending time in the countryside so thought some bellows might make a good gift.”

“We discussed the works of The Greater Chernobyl Cause and Mr. Putin was well informed about our charitable activities and commended us on our achievements” she said. “The whole event was surreal. His endorsement of our work is a huge boost and let’s hope it stokes Russian interest in our projects.”