Order of Malta Ireland
Founded in Jerusalem in the 11th century, the Order of Malta has a long history of service to the vulnerable and the sick. The Order of Malta remains true to its inspiring principles "to Serve our Lords the Sick and the Poor" operating across the world through 12 Priories, 47 national Associations, 133 diplomatic missions, 1 worldwide relief agency and 33 national volunteer corps, as well as numerous hospitals, medical centres and specialist foundations.
The Order first arrived in Ireland in 1171 and since the establishment of the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps in 1938, it has become a major provider of first-aid services and training, ambulance transport and community and elderly care services across the whole island of Ireland. With over 4,000 volunteers in over 80 locations, the Ambulance Corps offers first aid, ambulance and emergency care services in most of Ireland's principal cities and towns, and through its youth section provides youth development, training programmes and sporting activities.
In addition to the Ambulance Corps, Order of Malta Ireland also manages and supports a number of other charitable activities including:
- Annual Pilgrimages with the sick to Lourdes and Knock
- Annual Order of Malta International Summer Camp for Young Disabled
- Respite holidays for people with learning and physical difficulties at our Share to Care facilities in Lisnaskea
- Special Adult Education and Training Day Centre at Malta Services in Drogheda
- Support for the homeless living on the streets of Dublin through or Knight Run project
- The Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem offering high-quality maternity care to all women, regardless of race, religion, culture or social condition.