X-Factor star Eoghan Quigg has helped to launch Trócaire 24 Hour Fast for 2009. Last year 15,000 people from around the country raised over 1 million.


X-Factor star Eoghan Quigg thanked people all over the country for their support last year as he helped Trocaire launch their annual 24 Hour Fast this week. The Fast raises funds for Trocaire’s work in the developing world and is a firm favourite with students and individuals all over the country.

‘My school takes part in the Fast every year and it’s a great way to help people around the world who are not as well off as we are,’ said Eoghan.

This year’s Trocaire 24-Hour Fast takes place on March 6 and 7 and will raise essential funds for life-changing development projects in the world’s poorest countries.

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To get more information on the Fast and find out how to take part,

How your help can make a difference

  • 20 would provide an olive tree for a family in Palestine, helping them to earn an income and replacing ancient olive trees destroyed during conflict.
  • 35 would provide seeds and trees for a family left impoverished by the conflict in Uganda. This would help them to grow food and provide wood for construction and fires.
  • 60 would fund business training for a woman widowed by the conflict in Uganda, helping her to set up a small business and support her family.
  • 80 would provide two goats for a family in Uganda providing them with milk and food to nourish their family and to sell at local markets.
  • 100 would buy enough rice to feed a family in India for a whole year. This would help them to cope with food shortages and rising food prices.
  • 135 would provide an ox for a community in Uganda, helping them to plough their land for farming, supply food for their families and earn an income.
  • 200 would provide eight people with 30 hours of literacy training each. There are 876 million illiterate adults in the world. This is one of the main factors that keeps people poor.



Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. It was set up by the Irish Catholic Bishops in 1973 to express the concern of the Irish Church for the suffering of the world’s poorest and most oppressed people.

Trócaire was given a dual mandate: to support long-term development projects overseas and to provide relief during emergencies; and at home to inform the Irish public about the root causes of poverty and injustice and mobilise the public to bring about global change.

Trócaire’s work is influenced by the experiences and hopes of the poor and oppressed. Trócaire supports communities in their efforts to improve their lives, meet their basic needs and ensure their human dignity. This support is offered regardless of race, gender, religion or politics and in a spirit of solidarity.

In its role as an advocate for the poor, Trocaire raises public awareness in Ireland of poverty and injustice. It analyses the causes of poverty and mobilises the Irish public to campaign to bring about global change.

This action is undertaken in a bid to improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most oppressed citizens in line with the principles of social justice.

Photo: Alasdair McBroom