Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Those who have so little often give the most' - Homeless man gives soaked commuter his umbrella

Photo: Patrick Treacy
Photo: Patrick Treacy
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

The story of a homeless man giving a soaked commuter his umbrella is going viral on Facebook after photos of the man were shared by the commuter in question.

Dr. Patrick Treacy was walking on Lower Baggot Street in the rain yesterday when a homeless man came to his aid.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Treacy said that he was "absolutely soaked" when a homeless man came to his aid.

"It was coming out of the heavens. I had on a pair of shoes that were bloody leaking... I was drenched".

He said the homeless man asked him did he want an umbrella, to which he initially refused.

"I said no but he said he had a second one, he opened his bag and gave it to me".

"His own umbrella wasn't big enough to cover him... he said 'no mate, you need it more than me'".

"Those who have so little often give the most because they know what it's like to have nothing, I suppose".

"I was astounded".

Treacy told Independent.ie that he snapped a photo of the man, who introduced himself as David, and posted the photo on his Facebook page.

He says he has been taken by surprise by the reaction to the picture.

"I was contacted from a magazine in the United States... It's just amazing".

"It captured the spirit of Christmas, I think... if you look closely, he had a Christmas jumper on".

"I think it was the humanity in his eyes".

Treacy, who works in Dublin at the Ailesbury Clinic, shared that he had seen David around Baggot Street before.

Hopefully David's act of kindness will come back to him in the run-up to Christmas.

If you know David, get in touch by emailing contact@Independent.ie

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