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The Atlantic Philanthropies: Republic of Ireland

Resource type: Research Report

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This book tells the story of The Atlantic Philanthropies’ 30 years of grantmaking in the Republic of Ireland — investments totaling $1.3 billion to help breathe life into university research, support major advances in human rights, and underwrite joint efforts with government to improve services for children and older adults.

The pedestrian Living Bridge at the University of Limerick. Photo: Donovan Wylie / Magnum Foundation

As the book’s author, award-winning Irish journalist Liam Collins notes, the “evidence” of Atlantic’s — and founder Chuck Feeney’s — work can be seen “on university campuses around the country; in programmes for the young, the old and the disadvantaged; as well as fundamental social change, such as children’s rights and marriage equality, which it helped to foster.”

“A journey of three decades that simply transformed Ireland.”
— Brian MacCraith, President, Dublin City University

In addition to telling the history of the foundation in Ireland, the book discusses outcomes from Atlantic’s grantmaking and lessons learned.  It also features a series of vignettes about several of its grantees and their accomplishments.

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This volume is one in a forthcoming series of six country books that will feature Atlantic’s work in Australia, Cuba, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa and Viet Nam.