“We’ve put together a video with some interesting and heart-warming stats on what the Irish will be getting up to this Christmas. From flights home to charity runs, Midnight mass to swimming at the Forty Foot, Ireland knows how to make the holidays special.”
Scenes from last year’s Krampusnacht at Neustift im Stubaital in Austria.
On the eve of St Nicholas’ Day (the 6th of December) drink-fuelled revellers dress up as the fearsome horned demon Krampus, shaking their cow-bell belts and running around scaring children to remind them what happens when they’re naughty at Christmas.
Dublinatchristmas.ie has transformed Wolfe Tone Square in Dublins City Centre into a vintage festive fun fair. The vintage amusements including a chairoplane, a classic helter-skelter slide, a miniature carousel and game stalls will be illuminated in the evening. The fun fair will run until the 22nd of December….
Mount Trenchard outside Foynes, Co. Limerick, above, and Lycamobile
The Irish Refugee Council described the Mount Trenchard direct provision centre outside Foynes, Co. Limerick as “one of the worst in the system”.
It’s understood 50 men live in the centre where there are six to eight beds in some rooms.
They receive €19.10 a week and are not allowed to work.
If any readers would like to send care packages to the men in Mount Trenchard this Christmas – or indeed to any of the asylees in the direct provision centres in Limerick – they can send them to Limerick NGO Doras Luimní and the group will distribute them to the asylum seekers.
Aideen Roche, of Doras Luimní, said the people in the direct provision system would really appreciate phone credit as this is, by far, the one thing asylees spend most of their weekly allowance on, with Lycamobile being the most popular service used.
People can purchase Lycamobile SIM cards (with €10 of preloaded credit) and/or phone credit from Centra and SuperValu stores nationwide.
The other most popular items would be toiletries, such as deodorant, shower gel, etc. Snacks for eating in the centre outside of the set meal times would also be warmly received.
Doras Luimní’s address is Central Buildings, 51a O’Connell Street, Limerick.
Meanwhile, each asylum seeking child in Ireland receives €9.60 a week. There are approximately 1,500 children living in the direct provision system in Ireland.
In light of this, the Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland is hoping to deliver toys to children living in direct provision centres this Christmas. The group is appealing for people to send a new, unwrapped toy by December 17 and they will distribute them to the children.
The JRSI has two offices, one in Limerick and one in Dublin. The Limerick address is Della Strada, Dooradoyle, Limerick while the Dublin address is The Mews, 20 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1.
Would you like to help distribute care packages to asylum seekers in direct provision centres in your area this Christmas? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Direct provision care packages.