Clothing and food vouchers have been distributed at Maynooth University to members of the Ukrainian community.

The vouchers were provided by the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Appeal funds that were donated by people in Ireland.

Vouchers for two local pharmacies were also given out and children received packages of new Lego.

Around €40,000 worth of vouchers have been made available to adults and children by the Irish Red Cross.

'Distribution days' are viewed as "practical ways" in which funds collected by the Irish Red Cross can support people's immediate needs.

A HSE SafetyNet Medical clinic was also held on the university campus where a doctor and nurse were available to see people with urgent medical issues.

€38 million has been donated by the Irish public and corporates to the Irish Red Cross since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and this goes towards three different areas of spending.

€15.2m has already gone to help emergency needs, practical and medical supports in Ukraine and its surrounding countries.

A further €3m is being used to support refugees' needs in Ireland with over €400,000 of that having been spent so far, and this spending is set to accelerate over the coming weeks.

The Irish Red Cross has said that given the crisis has no defined end date, it has planned to use €19.8m for funding interventions over a two-year timeframe in Ukraine for reconstruction and rebuilding of livelihoods.

The funding will also go towards medical programmes, cash supports for returning Ukrainians and restoring vital infrastructure such as re-establishing freshwater connections and clearing land mines.

The Irish Red Cross was assisted by lawyers from the Ukraine Irish Legal Alliance at Maynooth University.