Homeless in Cork city being protected through Storm Ophelia

Homeless in Cork city being protected through Storm Ophelia
Caitriona Twomey at Cork Penny Dinners. Pic; Larry Cummins

Trojan work is being done by charity organisations in preparation of Storm Ophelia.

Cork Penny Dinners opened at 6.30am this morning in order to offer people a place to shelter from the elements along with a hot meal.

Catriona Twomey, who runs the Penny Dinners kitchen, said the volunteers were at the centre at 5.30am to prepare for the day and they will be staying open as long as they are needed.

Catriona said they have put a few people up in B&B’s for the night and sent some of the older people who called in for a meal home in taxi’s.

The veteran volunteer also said they had one or two people who had no idea the storm was going on and they had to inform them that everything would be closed and it was important to go home and keep safe.

“We had one woman who wanted to go over to City Hall to pay her rent, we had to tell her it was closed. We sent her home in a taxi with some biscuits and bars and told her to settle in for the night.”

Thankfully, Catriona said between them and Cork Simon there will be enough beds for people looking for shelter for the night.

“Cork Simon and ourselves had a plan in place and we are confident that there will be no one on the streets tonight.

“The Simon Community have opened their Day Centre all day and all night, as well as offering extra beds, so hopefully everyone will have a place to shelter from the storm.” 

Helping Cork’s Homeless are also offering a place for people to stay safe from the wind and the rain at Togher Boxing Station.

A shuttle bus is running from City Hall at 4pm, taking people to the centre to shelter from the elements.

As well as this 3 Little Piggies, a coffee shop on Union Quay, is open for the day offering food and shelter to anyone who needs it in the city.

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