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Cuala club serves early Christmas for homeless

It was turkey and all the trimmings for large number of homeless people in Dalkey yesterday.

At a massive community dinner in the Cuala GAA club, men and women from all around Dublin were invited along to the feast so they could experience some Christmas cheer.

The dinner was the idea of Anthea Carry who works in the Dun Laoghaire and Rathdown outreach project.

She drafted in the help of Philip Shaffrey from Cuala who helped organise the venue.

"We just wanted to make it a day to remember and thought it was a fantastic idea," Philip said.

And logistical challenges meant that he had to organise cooking the dinner in Cabinteely school and transport it all to the tables in the club.

Fleet "We got a lot of help from everybody to make it happen," said Philip.

"Then there was a fleet of people bringing the food from the school to the clubhouse in cars and vans. We couldn't have done it without them," said Philip.

"We had started planning this a long time ago and the challenges facing the homeless have since been very much in the news since the death of Jonathan Corrie outside the Dail," Philip said.

"We just wanted to do something as a club to help Anthea," he added.

"We already benefit from being a big part of the community in Dalkey and it was nice to use the facilities to do something different," he said.