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Sunday 23 September 2018

Volunteers serve up some festive cheer for homeless

Volunteers Ashling Gregory and Jessica Akomfrah Pic: Steve Humphreys
Volunteers Ashling Gregory and Jessica Akomfrah Pic: Steve Humphreys

Hundreds of homeless people and those on low incomes were given some much-needed festive cheer at the RDS.

More than 300 volunteers came out in force to help ensure that everyone had a day to enjoy, as part of the annual Christmas Day Dinner event held by the Knights of St Columbanus.

It is estimated that 3,500 meals were distributed by the volunteers - some through sit-down meals at the RDS and others delivered to sheltered accommodation and the homes of those in need.

Elderly

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said the numbers attending were higher than usual, but he insisted those in attendance were in good spirits.

"There are more here this year, and there are quite a number of people here living on their own and rough sleepers," he said. "Some of them are veterans. I've met elderly people here who have nowhere else to go."

Volunteer Jessica Akomfrah (27), from Blackrock, is a regular at the RDS.

"People really enjoy themselves. It's just such a great time," she said.

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