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1 Pupils from Woldingham School in Surrey sing at a carol service in Westminster Cathedral.

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2 Boys from Wimbledon College pray 125 decades of the rosary in Advent to mark the 125th anniversary of the school, part of a series of 125 sponsored challenges to raise money for the Jesuit Refugee Service.

08/12/2016 NO REPRO FEE, MAXWELLS DUBLIN Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad. Pic shows President Michael D. Higgins presenting Sr. Mary Sweeney with her award in the Peace, Reconciliation category at Áras an Uachtaráin. Sr. Mary Sweeney has worked tirelessly for over forty years, often with limited support, in the extremely challenging environment that is Sierra Leone. Through her efforts in establishing the St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired in Makeni, she has given education, skills training and life opportunities to the most vulnerable of people; children with a disability in a developing country. Notably, she remained in Makeni to keep the school open during the brutal civil war in the 1990s, and more recently she has played a significant role in coordinating much-needed support for the Ebola response in Makeni. Sr. Sweeney has in recent years widened her ambitions and focussed her energies on promoting the development of a curriculum for the training of teachers for special needs education in Sierra Leone.  PIC: NO FEE, MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE

3 Irish President Michael D Higgins presents the Presidential Distinguished Service Award to Sister Mary Sweeney for her work in Sierra Leone.

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