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Troy's Butchers annual donation to The Morning Star on Brunswick street to help feed the homeless on Christmas Day. L to R: Finbar O'Grady, Stephen Troy, Sean Troy, Valeriu Leagu, Jason Carey.

Troy's Butchers annual donation to The Morning Star on Brunswick street to help feed the homeless on Christmas Day. L to R: Finbar O'Grady, Stephen Troy, Sean Troy, Valeriu Leagu, Jason Carey.

Troy's Butchers annual donation to The Morning Star on Brunswick street to help feed the homeless on Christmas Day. L to R: Finbar O'Grady, Stephen Troy, Sean Troy, Valeriu Leagu, Jason Carey.

THIS Moore Street butchers has been providing Christmas Day dinners to an inner city hostel since it first opened almost 90 years ago.

The Troy Butcher shop has donated turkey and ham to 68 residents at The Morning Star hostel.

But the Dublin charity hostel, which has helped the homeless since 1927, is now under pressure because of a fall-off in donations.

The Morning Star hostel, off North Brunswick Street, will be serving Christmas dinner to its residents tomorrow.

But because of a reduction in donations in recent years it is finding it hard to fund an expansion which would offer hope and a future for another 34 people.

Run entirely by volunteers from the Legion of Mary, the charity is now dependent on church gate collections.

"Although we've been around a long time we are probably one of the lesser-known charities in Dublin, and that might be a factor in donations tapering away," said John Bradley, of the Morning Star hostel.

"It is important that people know that we are all volunteers and all the money people donate goes to providing services for people," John stressed.

"We don't just provide beds, we provide homes for people to give them a sense of identity and belonging," he explained.

Christmas dinner has been made possible by the Troy butcher shop on Moore Street, whose owners have been donating turkey and ham since the Morning Star hostel was first opened.

"My uncle used to do it before us, and we are continuing on the tradition because we feel it is important to look after vulnerable people," said Stephen Troy.

"My uncle Christy used to rear the biggest turkey in Ireland, it could be between 70 and 80lb, and then donate it to Morning Star," he added.

"Today, we gave them double turkey breasts and 10 ham fillets. We give them as much as they need on the day," he said.

Donations to Morning Star can be made on www.legionofmaryd7.com


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