How You Can Help The Homeless


homelessInvisible Ireland is a non-profit movement run by a “trusty band of volunteers” who want to raise awareness of homelessness in Ireland.

They say:

The movement doesn’t solicit or accept donations — instead it encourages people to stop, think and decide how they can help out. Visit , drop us a tweet @InvisibleIRE or check out the #invisibleireland hashtag for all the latest Invisible Ireland news. For more information about Invisible Ireland, lending a hand or if you’d just like to grab a cuppa, please contact:


Invisible Ireland


Photographer Donal Moloney caught up with Martin in Westland Row, Dublin for a coffee and a chat.

Previously: A Word from The Street

The Pigeon Man Interview

Caring For Te Pigeons

38 thoughts on “How You Can Help The Homeless

  1. SDaedalus

    Why should he tell anyone he’s from Malta?

    It is his own business.

    Other people are only entitled to such information about someone else’s life as that person is willing to give.

    Prying about other people, asking them and other people things about themselves which it’s clear they would prefer not to divulge is just pushy.

    We’re all curious, but other people aren’t there to just to satisfy our curiosity. They are entitled to respect. And privacy.

  2. Bingo Slimz

    That Donal chap seems to think he’s talking to a child. Is even more annoying in audio than he was in print.

    Hopefully he leaves that man alone now. Enough is enough.

    1. AH HEYOR

      Yeah he should leave him alone .

      Are you fu##ing right in the head ?

      You should leave the internet alone mate.

      Now go back to your spreadsheets or whatever it was you were doing.

      1. Bingo Slimz

        Ok Donal. I’ll head back to that now. You go and have another chat with that fella who doesn’t want to talk to you who you’re trying to turn into some sort of poster boy for homelessness.

  3. garthicus

    I think that’s the first time I’ve seen any kind of non profit organisation encouraging the public to give some small change.

  4. SDaedalus

    Sorry Errol, not really your comment specifically, just more something I was thinking about generally.

    I have been following the comments about Martin and Malta on Broadsheet, and the other Maltese papers that took up the issue.

    I got a sense from the comments & the newspapers that people had this view almost that they owned Martin, that he was their property, and that they were entitled to speculate on and know all the details of his life. They seemed to see him more as an object of interest than a person with his own sensitivities entitled to his own privacy.

    Maybe this was because he was a homeless person, and they saw him as a recipient of their charity (even though most of them had probably never given him anything). Or perhaps because he was an intriguing and charismatic interviewee, Or maybe both?

    And just so my comment above isn’t misunderstood, might I say that I admired, in this interview, Donal’s sensitivity in not pressing Martin for further information about his origins. Sometimes people find it very difficult to pick up cues that other people don’t want to talk about things. Or maybe, do pick up on the cues, but press on regardless, for whatever reason.
    I admired Martin’s quiet dignity in protecting his privacy in a polite way while not feeling obliged to communicate any information.

      1. SDaedalus

        Not like me to turn down a compliment, particularly at Christmastime, but I don’t want my comment to be the catalyst for another Donal pile-on.

        My problem is not with Donal.

        More the general squinting windows ah sure his business is our business if we want it to be and sure if he doesn’t like it he must be up to no good Irish hivemind.

          1. SDaedalus

            The Broadsheet comments section is a frighteningly accurate record of twenty-first century Irishness, yes.

            Better than any buke yet.

    1. scottser

      good point, sibling. homelessness in dublin is tackled partly by using a tool called a ‘holistic needs assessment’ which is an extremely comprehensive document outlining the reasons for a person’s homelessness. while it is not compulsory, some find it exteremely intrusive and choose not to engage with the process. others find it very helpful in terms of outlining areas where a person requires support in order to sustain housing. whatever way you look at it the problem is not only a lack of housing but lack of support also.

  5. Errol Gunne

    people had this view almost that they owned [him], that he was their property, and that they were entitled to speculate on and know all the details of his life. They seemed to see him more as an object of interest than a person with his own sensitivities entitled to his own privacy.

    Reminds me of my ex-wife!!!

    1. Errol Gunne

      Tell me about it! Women! At first, they make you feel you’re the most interesting person in the world. Immensely flattering. Until you realise you ARE the most interesting person in the world to them. Ever. And they’re never going to let you go! And it’s for your own good!

  6. Buzz

    The problem of homelessness is so complex. It usually involves alcoholism and/or untreated mental illness. I have a friend whose brother became homeless. He was the sibling who manifested deeper family problems that possibly originated with an emotional brute for a father. I have another friend whose aunt became homeless and was disowned by her family. The families in both these sad cases were affluent. It literally could happen to anybody, especially these days.

  7. b

    His voice when he says “You were due back on the 22nd” hahaha – like he was planning on finding a good hiding place by then.

    1. Charlie

      I didn’t get that impression. It sounded to me like he was very happy to see Donal. He engages in conversation and even discusses his day. Sometimes loneliness is a bigger problem than homelessness.

          1. Salmon of Nollaig

            Faster than a dose of the scuts, you are ;-)

            Apropos of our previous discussion, if a mere ‘hello’ from a passing stranger sufficed to salve the pain of loneliness, my life would have been a very different and much pleasanter one…

            *tunes invisible violin*

          2. Mikeyfex

            Ha, what a delightful simile.

            No, Charlie’s right, of course but for the record; b’s comment was funny.

            I know how you feel

            *joins in at chorus*

          3. Salmon of Nollaig


            Maybe it’s the seasonal spirit, but I can honestly say that, for once, we’re in harmony.

            Merry Christmas!

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