Monday 20 November 2017

Dubs stars pitch in to lend helping hand

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

DUBLIN football star Rory O'Carroll yesterday took time out from his busy training schedule ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final clash with Cork to help the homeless.

The dual star from Kilmacud Crokes joined fellow hurler and club member Barry O'Rourke at the Capuchin Day Centre for the homeless in Dublin's north inner city.

The GAA stars have been serving food and clearing tables at the centre all summer where visitors have enjoyed the craic and banter with the sporting volunteers.

Despite there being just days to go before the big showdown at Croke Park, big-hearted Rory, who has starred at full-back for the Boys in Blue this summer, will be back at the centre again tomorrow to help hand out food and clothes to the needy.

The UCD student already holds All-Ireland U21 football and club medals.

Barry, meanwhile, will line out for Dublin in the All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-final showdown with Galway on Saturday in Tullamore.

Capuchin Brother Kevin Crowley praised the young GAA stars for their generosity and the shining example they set to other young men and visitors to the centre.

"They sit down and talk to the people coming in and they're most impressive," he said last night.

"They're full of life and cheer and when they sit down and talk with people it's very edifying. It's good to see young fellas who aren't just caught up in their sport but are also helping out in the community," he added.

Visitors to the centre in Bow Street, Smithfield, were also thrilled to chat with them just days before they'll watch them in their respective semi-finals, he said.

"The presence of the young men gives everyone a lift," he added, noting that the recession has led to a huge increase in the number of people seeking refuge, food and clothing at the centre.

"We had 450 here for dinner today and 200 for breakfast. We gave out between 950 and 1,000 food parcels last week compared to about 350-450 over the same period a year ago," he added.

Irish Independent

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