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Sanctuary Runners launch Global Solidarity Run at United Nations

Irish Solidarity-Through-Sport Movement aiming to get 1 million people across the world to take part in the October 19th event Hundreds gather at UNHCR conference to help launch the global run to show solidarity with displaced people across the world Irish solidarity-through-sport movement Sanctuary Runners today launched an ambitious new […]

From Direct Provision to the United Nations: Cork’s Busie to represent Sanctuary Runners at the UN in Geneva

A former international protection applicant, now working with Cork City Council, will represent Sanctuary Runners at a major international conference in Geneva this week as the Cork-founded solidarity-through-sport movement launches its first ever Global Solidarity Run. The Global Solidarity Run is a Sanctuary Runners’ initiative supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, […]

Athletics Ireland announce Official Partnership with Sanctuary Runners

Athletics Ireland and Sanctuary Runners today announced the formalisation of their official partnership which aims to bring local residents and people from a migrant background together to build friendships and better understanding, through the action of running, jogging or walking. Sanctuary Runners and Athletics Ireland have a shared ambition to […]

‘We cannot lose our shared humanity’ – Sanctuary Runners’ statement on treatment of International Protection Applicants and concerning rhetoric

We, in Sanctuary Runners, are very concerned by the way international protection applicants in Ireland are being treated, and communicated with, by the state agencies and government departments tasked with their protection. Sanctuary Runners is a community integration initiative and we run with people across Ireland who are seeking safety, […]

Sanctuary Runners – From Ireland to the World

A Note from Graham Clifford, Founder Even in the early days of Sanctuary Runners I started to receive emails and messages from people in other countries asking about our initiative – about our unique model of doing things ‘WITH’ rather than for people. The simple concept with the big impact. […]

Sanctuary Runners are first charity partner of Morton Games

Sanctuary Runners are delighted to become the first ever charity partner of the prestigious international track and field meet, Morton Games. The partnership was announced on, Thursday April 11th, at the Morton Stadium Dublin attended by athletes Mahad Mohamed Egaal, Abdi Ali Maow and Ibrahim Umar, all of whom started […]

Sanctuary Runners to recruit new CEO

Sanctuary Runners is excited to announce that Graham Clifford, who founded the multi-award-winning organisation in 2018, is to become our new Head of International Development. Graham, who led the development of our solidarity-through-sports initiative in Ireland and was our first CEO, will help grow Sanctuary Runners beyond Ireland’s shores and […]

Sanctuary Runners one of nine Munster organisations announced for first Rethink Ireland sustainability-focused fund

Solidarity-through-sport initiative to expand reach across Munster  Focusing on solidarity, friendship and respect with all in the community including, and especially, people seeking international protection, refugees and other migrants, Sanctuary Runners have been getting together at runs and events since 2018 and have grown to 40 groups across Ireland including […]

Sanctuary Runners to Recruit New CEO

Sanctuary Runners is excited to announce that Graham Clifford, who founded the multi-award-winning organisation in 2018, is to become our new Head of International Development. Graham, who led the development of our solidarity-through-sports initiative in Ireland and was our first CEO, will help grow Sanctuary Runners beyond Ireland’s shores and […]