We are delighted to publish The Accidental Activists in celebration of the 50th anniversary of our foundation.

This is the tale of how a vibrant and active organisation grew out of the clear vision of a small number of people who saw what was needed for children in hospitals.


What you will read is a selection of memories and archive material that follows the development of the Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital Ireland (AWCH(I)), later Children in Hospital Ireland, over the five decades from 1970 to 2020. This is not a comprehensive history; rather it is a reflection on our progress and on our place within paediatric healthcare in Ireland.

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