Orlagh has been a board member of Safe Home Ireland for nearly 4 years following her return from a decade living and travelling in Australia and Thailand. She currently works as a Disability Advocate, and has extensive experience supporting vulnerable groups. She has worked with survivors of institutional abuse, patient groups, mental health, and is passionate about social justice. She has volunteered with homeless charities, Chernobyl Children International, and Ronald McDonald House. In Australia, Orlagh worked with the Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland based in Brisbane which is a Charity funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs who support the Irish in Queensland. The work included support to the Irish in times of need or crisis, hosting an Irish mother and babies group, an Irish Seniors group, support with emigrant related issues, business networking and promotion, and an array of cultural events. She worked alongside the Embassy,
Consulates, other support organisations throughout Australia and Irish based groups such as ourselves – Safe Home Ireland, Crosscare Migrant Project, Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas and the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. She was largely involved with the GAA in Australia and Thailand as both player and committee member.
Since her return home, Orlagh has kept a keen interest in factors affecting returning migrants and Ireland’s Global Diaspora. She took part in the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, looking at ‘The challenges and barriers facing returning Irish immigrants’, the Global Irish Civic Forum, and was a panellist at the Irish Times Ireland Abroad network event. A keen traveller, Orlagh loves to explore new countries, culture and food. This year however, she has rekindled a love for exploring Ireland, and sea swimming in the fresh Irish Sea, and the surprisingly warm Atlantic Ocean!