Belvedere boys warm to annual task
This time last year the boys of Belvedere College in Dublin had to spend 40 minutes shovelling snow and ice to clear a space on O'Connell Street for their annual sleep-out in aid of the homeless. Their sleeping bags became encrusted with ice and they shivered in temperatures as low as --15 degrees.
However this year they are basking in a relatively balmy 12 degrees -- although they are enduring other trials.
"We've been listening to the same two Christmas songs playing outside Clery's all day," joked sixth-year student Ciaran Boylan.
A group of 60 current students and 40 past pupils along with several volunteer teachers set up camp outside the GPO and on College Green yesterday morning and will sleep out for two nights before finishing up at 6pm tomorrow.
"We've been blessed with the weather this year," said Ciaran.
Since it started 28 years ago, the sleep-out has raised over €1.5m. This year the boys are raising money for homeless charities Focus Ireland, the Peter McVerry Trust and Home Again.