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Saturday 21 October 2017

Dublin nun honoured for work in East Africa

Sr Cosmas Cullen
Sr Cosmas Cullen

A Dublin nun - one of our longest-serving missionaries - has been honoured for her work in Uganda.

When Sr Cosmas Cullen left Ireland for East Africa in 1949 she thought she would never see her family or homeland again.

Sr Cosmas (90), originally from Churchtown, Dublin, was honoured for her many years of dedicated work in Uganda at the annual St Patrick's Ball in the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala.

Sr Cosmas lived through often turbulent periods and pupils in her school included two daughters of the dictator Idi Amin.

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But she said that the challenges were many throughout her time.

"Children returned to school and life gradually became more normal," she said. "But of course we had new challenges, particularly the HIV scourge, which saw so many of our children being left orphans."

In recent years, Sr Cosmas has been helping destitute young people prepare for their O and A level exams at the Sharing Youth Centre in Kampala. She was also helping in two nursery schools until she was diagnosed with breast cancer last August.

Irish Ambassador to Uganda Donal Cronin said Sr Cosmas deserved to be honoured.

"Like the other Irish missionaries here over the years, she clearly imbued a deep sense of education and thirst for knowledge in who ever she taught."

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