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Stars read stories to help Threshold look after the homeless


Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor are among the stars who are reading bedtime stories online to raise money for Threshold.

Bedtime Stories is a collection for adults and children alike, read by more than 60 Irish actors, authors and playwrights, which can be accessed via subscription.

Twelve new stories, which are children's favourites and Christmas-themed, were unveiled by the housing charity yesterday.

Brendan Gleeson narrates one story as does his actor son Brian who reads a tale written by his brother, the author Rory Gleeson.

Vaughan-Lawlor's Love/Hate co-star Peter Coonan also features on the line-up alongside Barry McGovern, Pauline McLynn, Hozier and Senator David Norris.

They join more than 50 actors, writers and others whose stories have been available online since October.


"Christmas is always an important time in our fundraising calendar, this year more so than ever, as most of us look forward to spending the holidays in the safety of our homes," said John-Mark McCafferty of Threshold.

"Homelessness can affect anyone, even those who always had a place to call home and never contemplated that life would be any different.

"This Christmas, a huge swathe of families and individuals are still dealing with uncertainty as their incomes have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Everyone should have a safe and secure place to call home at Christmas."

The new selection of stories are favourites from the contributors' childhoods including tales of Cúchulainn and much-loved stories from Oscar Wilde.

Christmas-themed stories include Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, read by Owen Roe, while Louise O'Neill reads from the newly released Miracle On Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle.

New stories are read by Brian Gleeson and by Tara Flynn, who penned an original for Threshold.

Threshold's Bedtime Stories are available at thresholdbedtimestories.ie.

Subscribers can listen to the stories and poems at any time until the end of December for €10 a month.

They can listen to the full collection of stories in return for a donation to Threshold on Patreon, the website for sharing works.