Saint Joseph's Shankill
For the last 59 years, the Dublin Lions Club have hosted an annual party for the homeless community in January, called Eric's Party. This event is a huge success each year, with 300 guests attending the party in the GPO last January. Following on from this, the Dublin Lion's Club identified the need to have a similar event during the summer, and so the idea for a Summer Party was born. UCD in the Community were delighted to assist the Dublin Lion's Club with this event.
The Summer Party for the Homeless took place on Saturday May 26, from 12pm until 3pm and was attended by over 100 guests from the homeless community.
The party had a 'festival' feel, with various food vendors from the Irish Village Markets, musicians and a wellness area, where our guests availed of numerous services, such as haircuts, career guidance and manicures!
Thank you to all who the UCD staff and students who volunteered prior to and during this event. A particular thank you to Catherine Bodey (UCD Library), Rosemary Deevy (School of Computer Science), Mairead Egan (School of Medicine), Ria Flom (UCD Alumni Relations), Joan Fogarty (UCD Registry - Student Recruitment), Paula Fogarty (College of Science Administration Office), David Kelly (Finance Office), Odhran Lawlor (UCD Estate Services), Clár Ní Bhuachalla (Bord na Gaeilge), Caoimhe O' Neill and all performers from the UCD Community Choir and UCD Trad Soc.
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