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‘Sam’, aged five, eating as he knelt on a piece of cardboard on Grafton Street last night

The Homeless Street Café is a group of volunteers who offer food, toiletries, clothes and friendship to people who are homeless every Tuesday night on Grafton Street in Dublin.

Last night.

One of the group’s members posted the above picture on the group’s Facebook page with the message:

“There is an image burnt in all the teams’ minds tonight. It’s wrong and it’s distressing but this IS happening and it’s only getting worse each week.

‘Sam’ is 5 and this was him eating a dinner of carbonara tonight on a sheet of cardboard. Can we really accept this?”

Homeless Street Cafe (Facebook)

We have no way of completely verifying the accuracy of the above image but we are taking the homeless café at their word unless we hear otherwise and no ‘clickbait’ motives were behind this post and sorry for upset caused.

H/T: Mick Caul

UPDATE:

This afternoon.

The Homeless Street Café has written the following update on their Facebook page:

“Thank you so much everyone for your overwhelming response and for not just accepting that this is ok.

This post has reached over a quarter of a million people which is amazing and we have over a thousand comments and messages to go through.

We are small volunteer group and all our team are back in their day jobs today so please bare with us as we navigate through our next steps.

Our priority as always is continuing to support the homeless who come to us each week and the children among them that “Sam” represents.

**To confirm “Sam” is in emergency accommodation and attends school. His mother is simply trying to access nutritious home cooked meals for him.

Most emergency accommodations strictly forbid cooking or food preparation.”

The Homeless Street Café (Facebook)

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Aoife Noonan writes:

A Terrible Hullabaloo is our first short film.  It’s about Vinny Byrne who was a 15 year old volunteer during the Easter Rising.  Told with puppets…It was funded by the Irish Film Board under their After ’16 short film scheme. The first screening will be in the Audi Dublin International Film Festival later this month.

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Spotted on O’Connell Street, Dublin.

Global Irish Acts write:

I think he’s measuring the young lad up for his school trousers!

Meanwhile, earlier this month…

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Gutter Dalkey tweetz:

I forgot about this! On the way to Dublin Comic Con [on August 8 and 9], this is probably one of top five weirdest things I’ve seen on O’Connell Bridge.

Anyone?