Changing Face of Homelessness

Posted on 03. Sep, 2015 in Economy, Faith and Justice, Homelessness

Kerry Anthony is Chief executive of an organisation called Depaul, which has been in Ireland for about twenty years. They work in partnership with St Vincent de Paul and were set up in the 80s in London to respond to people sleeping rough. Kerry says that homelessness in Ireland is now worse than it ever […]

Choir at St. Ann’s

Posted on 25. Dec, 2014 in Christmas, Homelessness, Music Therapy

One of the Choirs that joined the Black Santa annual collection in Dawson’s street, Dublin was the Dublin Male Voice Choir. Miriam met Áine Mulvey, musical director and Frank Guifoyle, chairperson of the Choir to find out more about their choir on the day that they were singing outside St. Ann’s. Website is

Shipping container for the Homeless

Posted on 04. Dec, 2014 in Homelessness

Ciara Smullen – The interior designer on the project. Ireland’s first shipping container home was built over three days in November and displayed on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Arts. It went from this to this. And inside. It has since been donated to Saint Vincent de Paul in Cork where it […]

The New Homeless

Posted on 29. May, 2014 in Church Teachings, Homelessness, Uncategorized

We often have a very stereotypical view of homeless people as drug addicts or alcoholics, what Fr. Peter McVerry SJ calls the “visible homeless”. However there are lots of people who fall into the homeless category and in recent times there has been an increase in the new homeless, people without any major social or […]

Fr. Peter McVerry SJ pt2

Posted on 14. Nov, 2013 in Homelessness, Humanitarian Aid

In this second part of a 4 part series Fr. Peter McVerry SJ expresses his outrage at how the government and successive politicians have ignored the plight of the poor in Ireland especially in Dublin.  In “What’s the road forwards…” Out “…immediately” Total Time = 6:17  

Fr Peter McVerry SJ

Posted on 07. Nov, 2013 in Fundraising, Homelessness

Fr. Peter McVerry SJ has been nominated to receive the accolade of the Freedom Of Dublin in recognition of his work with the homeless in Dublin and Ireland.  Fr Peter McVerry SJ and Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn. The Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn has announced the decision to award the Freedom of Dublin to […]

Homelessness in Galway

Posted on 13. May, 2009 in Homelessness, Poverty

As more people are hit by the recession, homelessness is something that people are increasingly sensitive to. Miriam Gormally met Martin O’Connor, the Assistant Director of COPE Galway to find out if the face of homelessness is changing. He began by explaining that homelessness doesn’t always come down to economic factors.

Displaced in Somalia

Posted on 04. Mar, 2009 in Charity, Conflict, Homelessness, Places of Conflict

If you had 15 minutes to leave your home and flee for your life and possibly never to return, what would you bring? This is a situation that Trocaire asked Current Rose of Tralee, Aoife Kelly to try. Unfortunately this is a reality for many people and displacement is the theme of this year’s Trocaire […]

Christmas People

Posted on 24. Dec, 2008 in Christmas, Homelessness, Seasons of the Church Year

Alice Leahy is Founder and Director of TRUST.  Based in the Liberties in Dublin TRUST provides ‘a befriending, social and health service for people who are homeless.’  Alice stresses that homelessness is not just a Dublin problem, in all our towns and cities every night people are homeless and Christmas-time is especially difficult for them. […]

Tackling Homelessness

Posted on 18. Apr, 2007 in Charity, Church Teachings, Community, Homelessness

As house prices continue to remain at an all time high, many more people are faced with the prospect of never owning their own place.  And yet the government has promised to end homelessness by 2010.  Miriam Gormally met Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, an Irish Sister of Charity, visionary and social innovator, who has done enormous […]