Awards for three Dublin charity shops 

by Alex Greaney
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Alex Greaney 

Three Dublin charity shops have won awards in the Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) East Region (Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow). 

They are Vincent’s, Meath Street, Vincent’s. Georges Street, and Vincents, Rush. The awards were presented at a recent SVP Vincent’s National Retail Conference held in Galway. Vincent’s charity shop in Meath Street won the award for the highest % growth sales in 2022, Ann Mooney. Vincent’s Georges Street, won the Volunteer of the Year. Vincent’s Rush, won the SVP World Cup for the exceptional effort made during a campaign in autumn 2022. 

Dermot McGilloway said that Vincent’s Charity shops are deeply committed to the circular retailing model of Reduce – Reuse – Recycle and to an energy efficient, low carbon, textile collection, and processing service. Centres are using Epos technology to extract the maximum value from every single clothing donation. They are also working closely with Recycling partners to ensure that as many unsold garments as possible are reused or recycled. 

McGilloway said: “In a world that produces 1.6 times more waste than it can re-absorb, the old fashion industry linear model of ‘Take – Make – Throw away’ must end in favour of more environmentally friendly practices. The Fashion industry is now one of the biggest polluters on the planet, generating more CO2 than the aviation and maritime industry combined. Nearly 100 billion garments are made annually, increasingly from synthetic non-biodegradable materials, and 92 million tonnes will end up in landfill each year.” 

He said that by donating pre-owned items to Vincent’s or updating your wardrobe from its extensive and affordable range of classy garments, you are helping to slow down the harmful effects of Fast Fashion and keep garments in circulation for longer.


“At Vincent’s, we support the circular economy and are committed to using our national network of shops and Order Fulfilment Centres to promote the reuse of as many garments as we can for as long as we can,” he concluded. 

MAIN PHOTO – Emma McNally , Manager Vincent’s Rush (centre) is pictured receiving the award from Dermot McGilloway, SVP National Retail Development Manager and Lynn Byrne, SVP East Region Retail Manager.

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