Homeless in blue heaven as Dubs stars drop in
THEY'RE still savouring lifting Sam, but yesterday a galaxy of All-Ireland winning stars also helped lift the spirits of the homeless and poor.
The victorious Dublin footballers visited the Capuchin Day Centre, a haven for the deprived in the capital.
Bernard Brogan, Rory O'Carroll, Craig Dias and Mick Fitzsimons entered the centre to a chorus of whooping and hollering -- but the real star was undoubtedly that glistening silver trophy.
Brogan and the others duly obliged by signing autographs and posing for photographs.
"I am only delighted to come down. This is where the real Dublin fans can be found, so it's great to come to a place like this and have a chat. The reception has been great and everyone is delighted," said Brogan.
As a part-time volunteer, Dublin full-back Rory O'Carroll is a well-known face around the centre.
"I volunteer here during the summer when I'm not in college. I'm not here as often as I'd like -- but I come in to help out whenever I can. I've got to know Brother Kevin (Crowley) who runs the centre and he asked if we could arrange for Sam to be brought in. Of course, we were only too happy to oblige,'' he said.
Since it first opened more than four decades ago, this haven of hope and rescue for the marginalised has seen a steady increase in the numbers attending the centre.
"We started in 1969 and back then we had about 50 people coming to us regularly. Today we had around 200 people coming here in the morning for breakfast -- and in the afternoon for lunch we could have up to 500 people," explained Brother Crowley, of the Capuchin Franciscan Order.