Our Story

It all began in 1998 in a run-down orphanage in Western Russia.


In the process of adopting a small Russian girl, Dubliner Debbie Deegan visited the orphanage of Hortolova.  The truly horrendous conditions she encountered there, compelled her to set up "To Russia with Love", an Irish registered charity. "This is a tale of two promises" said Debbie "A promise to one little girl that I wouldn't forget her classmates - the children she had grown up with in the orphanage where she had spent her early years - and a promise to another little girl, who had never been hugged before, that I would come back to her orphanage and hug and kiss her on her birthday".  Its a promise that Debbie repeated again and again, a promise she cant get out of, because these children have nobody else, no one to fight in their corner, to love them, to believe in them.

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Any lovely single ladies open to the possibility of love this Christmas? Forget the apps and online for a month and write a love letter for our "With Love" matchmakers to work their magic for you! So what do you need to do?
Have a look at our 12 gorgeous men, does one of them suit you? If so keep reading.
We need single girls to write love letters to us telling us why they want to find love this Christmas - please post them to us at 'With Love' No. 2 Vernon Avenue, Clontarf before Monday 1st of December.
We will meet with the best letter writers and try to find love matches!
On December 10th we will get everyone together and go out for a fun group date!
Please spread the word our men are all ages from Spring, Summer & Autumn!
We are really looking forward to reading your letters ... Mr Postman get ready !!!!
Post your love letters to 'With Love', No. 2 Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3

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Debbie's new book will be launched on October 16th. This book is called "To Russia With Love The Children's Stories". The book contains the children's stories, told in their own words, from some of the youngest ones to the children who are now adults and whose lives were changed by To Russia With Love. Their stories are sometimes harrowing to read, heartbreaking but also full of hope for the future. You can pre-order the book online here or by emailing us at



If you want to order it to be sent to someone as a gift - beautifully wrapped by our shop, we can do that also. All proceeds from the book will go to To Russia With Love.

Our Book


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Pre-order Gift wrapped copy here.

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