Barbara Gill 10th Anniversary

20 Apr 2017

Over 30 people gathered in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow on the 17th April last to remember Barbara Gill. They came from a range of organisations and groups including VSI and included family and friends. Barbara was tragically killed in a bicycle accident 10 years ago this month in Dublin city.

Barbara was from Co. Offaly and qualified as a teacher and worked for many years in Kilkenny College. She took part in the VSI India programme in 1986 and on her return became an active volunteer, she continued her involvement up to her passing away. She was a long term volunteer in France working with SCI France on their social inclusion programme for young people, many from immigrant backgrounds. On return to Ireland she was active in both the VSI Teenage Working Group and Development Education Group and was also active on an international level with SCI. Barbara was Chair of VSI for 2 years in the early 1990's.

Barbara visited Eritrea in the years before her death and saw the tremendous need for education. Her initiative was carried on by her family and friends who raised money to build a much needed school in Adi Gebru.

Just before her death her partner Ruth gave birth to their son Stephen.

Barbara`s enthusiasm & activism affected a huge range of people in the many different ‘circles’ she was active in - Kilkenny College, Kilkenny One World Group, VSI, the NODE Network/Comhlamh, Hillwalking Club, DICE etc. Her main work was in introducing development education to the curriculum of teacher training colleges in Ireland.

VSI planted trees in memory of Barbara and Michael Donohue (another VSI activist) in Parnell Memorial Park, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow in November 2007 to coincide with the VSI AGM and an international meeting of SCI focussing on social inclusion. Together with Barbara and Michael's families, we erected a memorial stone in early 2010. If you’re near Rathdrum, do drop in to see the stone and the flourishing trees.

Tom Ryder

Barbara Gill MemorialStone Barbara Gill Memorial
Trees planted in memory of Barbara and Michael.     Memorial stone erected in early 2010.