THE New Year has begun with a heartening return of volunteerism in Ireland, as people discover that it's better to give than receive.
St Vincent De Paul was inundated with people who wanted to assist the society in the run-up to Christmas.
And on New Year's Eve more than 600 people enjoyed a slap-up feast of turkey and ham with all the trimmings at a function organised by Dublin's hairdressers.
The party at Brother Kevin's Capuchin Day Centre in Smithfield was a fantastic success.
Aidan Fitzgerald of Aidan's in Blackrock, along with Hugh McAlister of the Grafton Barbers, Hair Creations in Blackrock and John Adams Hair and Beauty in Baggot Street and Rathmines, were among the companies that helped organise the event.
"In the present climate we are all finding it difficult to survive in our businesses and the weather conditions have severely affected us," said Mr Fitzgerald, chairman of the Hairdressers' Charity Appeal for the Homeless.
He added: "Despite this, I knew we could rely on the support of fellow hairdressers who have always given generously to our charity events over the last 25 years.
"We chose the Capuchin Day Centre as our charity this Christmas because Br Kevin and his team work tirelessly for the homeless throughout the year."