How an Irish Guidance Counselor Brought Medical Care to an African Village

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, the Harrington Auxiliary invites members and the general public to attend a special program featuring Mags Riordan who brought much-needed medical care to the African village of Malawi. The program takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. in Harrington Hospital Conference Rooms 1 and 2.

Mags Riordan will recount how she visited the village after the drowning death of her son and was touched by the people and the devastating conditions in which they live. During the three months she spent there, she witnessed famine, a cholera outbreak, rampant malaria and a high rate of HIV/AIDs. These conditions, in combination with lack of access to medical care, prompted her to found the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic and provide other important services to the community.

The program will also feature Suzanne Strempek Shea, a Western Massachusetts writer, writer-in-residence and director of the creative writing program at Bay Path College, who wrote This is Paradise: An Irish Mother’s Grief, an African Village’s Plight and the Medical Clinic that Brought Fresh Hope to Both. Shea will talk about her experiences in Malawi as well as her writing process. Books will be available for purchase.

The event is free, although donations to benefit the clinic are welcome. The presentation is open to the public and includes light refreshments. Handcrafted jewelry and other items made by the men and women of Malawi will be available for purchase. Reservations are necessary so stop by the Volunteer Office at Harrington Hospital or call the office at 508-765-6473 today. The event is also posted on the Harrington Auxiliary Facebook page (

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