Room At The Inn



The Capuchin Day centre

Stuck for a roof this Xmas?

Lisa Kelleher, at Dublin City Council, writes:

Throughout the Christmas period, the work of the four Dublin local authorities and state-funded services will continue to provide emergency accommodation and support services for over 3,500 adults and children , every night, right across the Dublin region. This is a 71% increase in adults and children using our services, since November 2014.

If you are at risk of sleeping rough:

Contact the Housing First Service on 086 813 9015 from 7am until 11am This service is the official on-street response team to assist you if you are at risk of rough sleeping. Please contact the service immediately and be aware that if you are outside the city centre area, transport will be available to bring you to accommodation if you need it.
We would also like to appeal to members of the public to contact the service on if they meet a person who is rough sleeping. The website provides a quick link to be completed, that will immediately alert the Housing First Service to the location of the person who might be sleeping rough.

If you are in need of emergency accommodation:

If your tenancy has ended and you are in need of emergency accommodation over the Christmas period from December 25th 2015 until January 3rd 2016 please contact Dublin City Council’s Homeless FREEPHONE on 1800 707 707. This service will be available everyday from 10am until 2am.

If you are in a family and accomodated in a commercial hotel:

The four Dublin local authorities have been contingency planning since October 2015 to ensure that the placements for households that are currently accommodated in commercial hotels can be extended through the Christmas period into early January 2016, whilst daily local authority placement offices are not open.Where hotels are closing for the Christmas period, alternative placements have been put in place.This information has been communicated to all relevant families, however we would appeal again to families to contact 1800 707 707 if they are concerned about their placement.

If you are renting and worried about losing your home:

If you are worried about your lease ending before Christmas or early in the new year, the Dublin local authorities would urge you to contact their dedicated Tenancy Protection Service, provided by Threshold on 1800 454 454 as soon as you feel your tenancy is at risk.

Annual Christmas Day dinner

The Knights of Columbanus continue to host the annual Christmas Day Dinner in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Anglesea Road Entrance. A free bus service is provide to and from the RDS every 20 minutes from 9.30am from three pick up points; Mansion House -Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Four Courts – Inns Quay, Dublin 1 and Clery’s Clock – O’ Connell Street, Dublin 1

Day services

There are a range of day services that are available and open throughout the Christmas period including;Capuchin Day Centre – 29 Bow Street, Dublin 7; Merchants Quay Day Service and Night Café – Riverbank, 4 Merchants Quay, Dublin 8 and Focus Ireland Coffee Shop – 15 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Dublin City Council

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22 thoughts on “Room At The Inn

  1. Dav

    Much respect and kudos for all the above organisations who do such valuable work under terrible circumstances

  2. b

    we are failing as a republic with the current homelessness situation. it really hits home when you hear a child worried that Santa won’t find her because she is in a hotel.

    1. Lorcan Nagle

      Now now, we’ve been told over and over that the recession is over and we’re not to complain any more. These people are just a statistical anomaly and they probably have iPhones or spent the dole on beer or some other excuse to dehumanise them so we don’t have to worry about them really.

  3. Cian

    It’s worrying the proportion of these services still run as charities by a shrinking Catholic Church. 2/3 of the day centres they mention are run by Franciscans, who I presume don’t have a massive number of vocations these days.

    1. Marian

      The Catholic church is not “shrinking”. It’s growing. There are more seminarians today than there were at the height of the Vatican II hysteria (which resulted in today’s Celtic Tiger cub renters). Anyway, there reaches a point where you can no longer argue with an atheist or a staunch secularist. You have to convince by example. Like Jesus did.

        1. Marian

          The number of Catholic priests is steady around the 400,000 mark since the 1970s. 63,000 major seminarians in 1978 vs. 120,000 in 2011. Numbers don’t lie.

          1. Cian

            Priest numbers internationally don’t matter a jot with seminaries closed and most active ones over retirement age here.

            Irish figures might refute that

      1. Anne

        “which resulted in today’s Celtic Tiger cub renters”.

        That sounds interesting, if not a little unchrist like.
        Could you expand on that there Marian?

        You’re not one of those sisters of no mercy are you?

        1. Anne


          Come on, out with it.

          “Vatican II hysteria (which resulted in today’s Celtic Tiger cub renters”

          Stop talking in tongues now and explain yourself..

          1. The Magic Finger

            I think she means that a few people stopped using condoms for a while.
            Simple maths darling.

      2. Cian

        While the Church in general might not be shrinking, the Church in Ireland is. I’ve been gone ~2 years, but until I left I was a regular attende at mass, and I would rarely see a a church even half full, excepting Christmas, Ash Wednesday, and Easter Sunday. Young people were in general, even rarer at mass, and at any kind of youth focused Catholic event I went to, you could fit us in a corner of the Church, and we’d rattle.

  4. Peter Dempsey

    Priest numbers are shrinking. Quite a few places have no priests under 70 years of age.
    They can’t cover every parish.
    Masses dwindling from three or four per Sunday to just one.

    One thing though – all the pro-lifers in my area are involved in charities like Meals on Wheels, St V de P, organising old folks community clubs.

    A charge that many pro-choicers level at them is “pro life only care about the unborn”. A silly statement and not true at all. As you say above, Franciscans, Capuchins and Knights of Columbanus all doing their bit for the living poor in Ireland. I’ll bet that a sizeable % of these are pro-life.

    1. Anne

      I’d be wary that they’re trying to spread the message to the ‘living poor’, along with the charity work.

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