It’s Saturday 15th August 2020 and its just a little past 7 in the evening. On a street here in Dublin City two buskers are busy entertaining the small crowd of people in the hope some of them will stop and throw in some spare change. While the entertainment was very welcoming by the these buskers who were giving us lovely covers from the likes of The Water boys with Fisherman Blues. Further down this Dublin Street several clusters of people are awaiting around a wooden hoarding and within minutes a single line of people has formed. This Dublin Street, is North Earl Street, and theses people are victims caught up in the current Irish homeless crisis. Some of these people have been hanging around since around 6.45 pm. Lamh Failte Helping The Homeless, is a voluntary homeless outreach which operates every Saturday Evening, from around 7.15 to 9.30 pm here on North Earl Street. They offer hot food, snacks, hot drinks, bakery products, and depending on donations they received sleeping bags, tents, and they also have a clothing stall.
As soon as some of the volunteers start setting up the tables, more volunteers arrive in cars bringing with them hot homemade tasty dishes. Despite not been fully set up the ques of people seem to be getting longer at one stage the ques were hitting the border of O’Connell Street. Lamh Failte Helping The Homeless, are joined once again by OCRAS Eire, Finglas, homeless outreach.
North Earl Street is not as busy as it was due to the current Covid 19, Restrictions, but the few tourists who venture on to this street don’t seem to know whats going on when they see all the people queuing up and the volunteers getting ready for their outreach.
Just before 7.30 pm the outreach opens all the volunteers are in their (PPE) clothing and are ready to go. On the food table there are 9 different hot dishes on offer which included Dublin Coddle, Vegetable Soups, Pasta Dishes, Chicken Curry, etc There is also a a large donation of bakery products, fresh vegetables, frozen foods, courtesy of Marks and Spencer stores Liffey Valley, Clondalkin, and Mary Street, here in Dublin. Also on the food table there are 25 ready made meals of chicken dippers and chips supplied courtesy from ” Dagdoua Coffee, from Lower Clanbrassil Street, here in the Dublin 8 area. Also on the food tables are sandwiches, snacks, bottles of pop, etc which was donated by various people like Amanda Gearthy, and all the volunteers from Athboy’s People Who Share Care group, Lucan Helping The Homeless, March For Justice Ireland, ( C.D.P ) Community Development Project, and the Bluebell Community Church, up there in the Dublin 12 areas. The tables are full to the brim with food and snack donations.
Despite having all this food “Lamh Failte helping the homeless, still ran out of hot food there must have been a few hundred people using these services last Saturday gone. Service users who use these services were also able to take away food packs, snacks, bakery products, bottles of minerals, etc Depending on their hostel type accommodation some of these users are able to reheat their take away food parcels, while others not so lucky can eat their food items at a later stage that night while they slept in tents and or sleeping rough on our streets.
Lamh Failte helping the homeless, would also like to say a big thank you to all the good folk from the areas like Asbourne, Duleek, Co Meath, Clondalkin, Tallaght, Lucan, etc for all their donations. They would also like to say a big thank you to ” Aleksandra Vorohta, & Annette O’ Hanrahan for their donations of food and snack items. Lamh Failte helping the homeless would also like to thank Angela Mathews and all the volunteers from the community shop The Treasure Shop, up there on Grattan Crescent, Inchicore, Dublin 8 and a big thank you to everybody who has donated to Lamh Failte helping the homeless, this outreach would not work without your help and support. Also a big thank you to Neigbourly.com our volunteers and all of our drivers.
Lamh Failte helping the homeless, are currently accepting donations of food items, snacks, bottles water, sleeping bags, tents, new or used practical warm items of clothing, etc You can drop off your donations in person this or any other Saturday Evening to our outreach stall on North Earl Street, Near the spire end from around 7. 15 to 9.30 pm. You can also call, text, to 085-1282-546 or send us a message on our fb page via messenger or contact any of our volunteers, Thank you very much….
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