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October 4, 2016 Posted by Silvestre Leave a Comment

As part of a three videos documentary, here you have the second one of the whole project Eoin was doing a couple of years ago with @Sightsavers. Enjoy the second part of A Gif of Sight, which will be released next October 13th, featuring “the stories of three people undergoing cataract surgery”.

In July 2014, actors Eoin Macken (The Night Shift, Merlin) and Tim McDonnell travelled to Northern Mozambique to witness Sightsavers’ work in the field and captured their experience on film.

Their 30-minute film, A Gift of Sight, which will premiere on our Million Miracles website on World Sight Day (Thursday 13 October), features the stories of three people undergoing cataract surgery.

This is Henrique’s story.

Having cataracts in both eyes has meant 76-year-old Henrique da Cruz has been blind for the last 10 years. He has five children and 16 grandchildren, two of whom, due to his cataracts, he has never seen.

Henrique lives with his son and his son’s family, and, aside from a rope system that his family built to allow him to feel his way to the toilet, he has no independence and no longer feels able to work like he used to. He says of his situation: “I feel sad and very limited. I can’t go around alone and completely depend on others.”

When Henrique was examined by staff at Anchilo Health Centre’s outreach service, it was discovered that he only had a tiny amount of light perception and would therefore need to undergo surgery on both eyes to remove the cataracts that had been worsening over time.

When asked how he was feeling about the surgery he said he was hopeful that he’d be able to see again, and be able to resume his farming work. But most of all he was looking forward to seeing his two baby grandchildren for the first time.

A Sightsavers project car was sent to transport Henrique to the new eye care facility at Nampula’s hospital, 30 kilometres away from his home, where Dr Anselmo performed his cataract surgery.

The following day Henrique was quiet and subdued as his bandages were removed, but he quickly livened up as he discovered he was able to walk confidently down the corridor without being led by his son or daughter-in-law. Henrique was overjoyed. He said, “I am very happy I can see again. I can see people and cars!”

“I feel alive again and it is so good!”

(source).

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September 29, 2016 Posted by Silvestre Leave a Comment

Remember that trip the wonderful Eoin Macken was preparing some months ago? Remember his whole adventure through it and how Mozambique literally changed something in his life? Well, the waiting finally came to an end, and we’re able to get a big glimpse about his memories around there with blind people who, thanks to SightSavers, got the chance to keep his sight and get it back!

Here you have the video, and we’re going to keep this post updated since it seems there are two more videos about the whole process so… stay tuned! But for now, enjoy the first part of A Gif of Sight, which will be released next October 13th, featuring “the stories of three people undergoing cataract surgery”.

In July 2014, actors Eoin Macken (The Night Shift, Merlin) and Tim McDonnell travelled to Northern Mozambique to witness Sightsavers’ work in the field and captured their experience on film.

Their 30-minute film, A Gift of Sight, which will premiere on our Million Miracles website on World Sight Day (Thursday 13 October), features the stories of three people undergoing cataract surgery.

This is Agira’s story.

Agira has been reliant on her son to provide her with food since her bilateral cataracts worsened and she was no longer able to farm. She continued to carry out tasks such as basic cooking and collecting water because of their familiarity but her deteriorating sight was beginning to affect this. She would follow the familiar path to the water hole, but if there were any obstructions, she would become disorientated.

A regular outreach service was established at the Anchilo Health Centre, a short drive from Agira’s home, making the services available to her much more accessible. The clinic identified Agira’s cataracts and she was referred for the treatment that she so desperately needed.

Before the service came to Anchilo, Agira didn’t know that it was even possible that her sight could be restored. In order for her to make her cataracts surgery, a Sightsavers project car collected Agira to transport her to the Nampula Eye Clinic for treatment. Without this provision, raising the cost of the journey to and from Nampula would have been near impossible for her.

Before her cataract operation, Agira said she was most excited to see her friends and family clearly again.

On the day following the operation, her bandages were removed and Agira was instantly full of smiles and began shaking the doctors’ hands. She said, “I am feeling no pain. I am so happy. I can see you all!”

(source).

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January 22, 2016 Posted by Carola Leave a Comment

Via Sightsavers

In July 2014, Actors Eoin Macken (The Night Shift, Resident Evil: The final chapter) and Tim McDonnell (The Bastard Executioner) travelled to Northern Mozambique to witness Sightsavers’ work in the field and captured their experience on film.

The photos they took were exhibited in October 2015 at the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin on World Sight Day last year, and we are pleased to announce that the exhibition has been invited to return. The photographs are now available for viewing at the Centre until Sunday 31 January.

Not only can you visit the exhibition, Eoin and Tim have generously allowed us to sell these framed first editions with a limited print run of 50 to help us raise much needed funds for our Million Miracles campaign.

A large print is €300 and a small print is €250 – please contact Teresa Murray for further information. Buyers will also receive a personal thank you card from Eoin and Tim!

Talking about his time in Mozambique, Eoin said, “I visited Nampula Province not knowing what to expect, it really shook me how much we take for granted at home. I met a woman who had gone untreated for five years because she couldn’t afford to seek medical help. For her, it was too late: she will never see again. I met three people who had their sight restored, who saw grandchildren for the first time, who could work again, who felt their lives were restored.”

As well as being an Actor, Tim is also a professional photographer who works regularly with Sightsavers. “The images in this exhibition are not directly about Sightsavers’ work so much as trying to capture the circumstances in which that work takes place and the communities affected by it,” he explains, “Nampula Province is similar in size to Ireland and has a population of nearly five million: only three ophthalmologists serve this area.”

At Sightsavers, we want to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people who are irreversibly blind to live independently.

A Million Miracles is a three-year campaign launched on World Sight Day 2014 that aims to fund one million cataract operations to restore, save and protect people’s sight in some of the poorest parts of the world. It might seem like a huge number, but already nearly half a million miracles have been funded. If you would like to donate a miracle to our campaign or for further information, visit our Million Miracles website.

Visit our online gallery featuring Eoin and Tim’s photographs.

Sightsavers Ireland would like to thank Powerscourt Townhouse Centre for once again hosting this exhibition.

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January 9, 2015 Posted by Silvestre Leave a Comment

Added tons of pics more to the gallery, folks! Check them all on the links down below!

2015 winter tca press tour – national geographic channel welcome reception & panel, jan 7th

paddy’s in the boot (2012) > stills & promotional pics

jameson dublin international film festival 2012

mozambique documentary with sightsavers

‘the callback queen’ premiere – 25th galway film fleadh, july 10th (2013)

*All photos are (C) their respective author and owner. If you think that some photos should be removed please contact us and we’ll remove them.





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November 23, 2014 Posted by Carola Leave a Comment

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Hey folks! As you all know Eoin’s birthday is getting close – well, actually it’s 2 months away from today, more or less, but you know what we mean! – and it’s time to start thinking about something to give him as a present. Actually we weren’t going to think about it till a couple of weeks, but twitter’s user @DearFitz sent us a tweet about such a wonderful project.

Looking at that link, you can see a money collection for SightSavers. Eoin was working some months ago with them and he supports them as much as he does with all the ONGs of the world so… why not to gift him a money collection? We are totally sure he will love it, so we are just raising money for SightSavers from today to his birthday! This idea was taken from “OMG! Eoin Macken!”, a website about Eoin that, sadly, dissapear some time ago. But we want to get the idea again so, let’s give a look over here and don’t forget to give a like to the official facebook page of the “event”. And remember that every contribution is well welcome, no matter if it’s just 1€ or 1,000€.

Thanks on advance mates! Let’s try to reach a huge amount of money for them!


And also here you have some pics of Eoin Macken (and Tim McDonnell) during his travel around Mozambique filming a documentary about SightSaver’s work over there!

*All photos are (C) their respective author and owner. If you think that some photos should be removed please contact us and we’ll remove them.

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October 8, 2014 Posted by Silvestre Leave a Comment

Former Abercrombie and Fitch model and BBC Merlin actor, Eoin Macken travelled to Mozambique in August as a Sightsavers ambassador to learn first-hand of the new fundraising campaign ‘A Million Miracles’

Don’t forget to #SeeTheMiracle with Sightsavers and follow them into their official accounts, here you have their twitter. Also don’t forget to take a look at their site!

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October 4, 2014 Posted by Carola Leave a Comment

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(Tim McDonnell and Eoin Mackin. Photograph: Rachel Heald, Sightsavers.)

Tim McDonnell is a photographer and actor. He had a photographic studio in Howth and was a member of the lifeboat crew there before moving to London last year to pursue an acting career. He still works as a freelance photographer and has travelled a number of times with Sightsavers, an international charity

Eoin and I both grew up in Howth, so we would have known of each other. I knew he was an actor and he knew of me because I used to have a studio in Howth that he would have passed by. Three or four years ago a friend of ours, Graham Cantwell, was making a film, The Callback Queen, in Wales and I was doing the still photography for him. Eoin and I got pally then.

Back in Dublin we’d go out to films or screenings, and we did a lot of partying. Eoin was in Merlin [Macken played Gwaine in the BBC series] at that stage, and was moving back and forth between London and Howth.

Film and photography was the key to our friendship. Then I got involved in acting. I was interested in directing films and did a course with Graham, at the end of which he asked, “How serious are you about acting?” I said not at all, I hadn’t considered it, but he said I should pursue it, that I’d be good at it.

I had the studio in Howth for seven or eight years and I’m still doing freelance photography, I’ll always be doing that. However, I needed to get out of my comfort zone so I upped sticks and moved to London last November, just as Eoin was making the move to LA. I’ve got an agent, have been in a couple of features, and I’m plugging away, getting auditions. I’m toying with the idea of going to LA.

I’ve been on four trips abroad with Sightsavers. I went to Bangladesh 22 months ago and just before that trip, when Eoin and I were hanging out in London, I told him about it and he said he’d like to go. It didn’t happen that time, but Sightsavers said it might be interesting for him to be a kind of ambassador and so we put a trip to Mozambique together.

It was interesting to see someone’s fresh reaction – Eoin hadn’t seen this kind of poverty. A journey like this is exhausting, inspiring and upsetting in equal measure.

Eoin and I have made a documentary for Sightsavers appeal and we’re planning on holding an exhibition of the photographs taken Mozambique to raise funds so for an ambulance to bring people diagnosed with eye conditions in from outlying areas to hospital.

I miss working on the Howth lifeboat, I worked on the medical side of things, so I’m joining up with the lifeboat service on the Thames.

Eoin’s a good bloke. We have great craic, acting the maggot, most of that we’d have to keep under wraps, it wouldn’t be fit for public consumption (source).

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