OVER 200 people gathered in Blackrock Rugby Club on Christmas Day for the 31st annual lunch for people who are alone on Christmas.
Organised every year by local activist Margaret Brown, this year’s event was a great success.
“The idea of the lunch is to make Christmas Day special for those who would otherwise be alone and are socially isolated on Christmas Day,” Margaret told Dublin Gazette.
“Some people really feel the pain of being alone at Christmas, for them it’s a time of isolation and loneliness, they find it difficult to get through the day when everyone else is with families and friends.”
The guests attending the event came from a diverse range of places such as from Friends of the Elderly, Rochestown House, Glasthule Buildings, Beaufort and CrossCare to name a few.
At 12 noon the traditional meal was served and then Santa arrived at 1pm with gifts for everyone.
Entertainment in the afternoon was thanks to live music from William Byrne followed by dancing and a sing song.
“It was a truly joyous day!” Margaret said.
In addition to the lunch, 50 traditional dinners were delivered to Bentley House Homeless Hostel, hot meals were brought to the Traveller families in Ballyogan and to the families living in caravans at the west Pier in Dun Laoghaire.
Margaret Brown thanked all the generous sponsors, volunteers, and the members and staff of Blackrock College RFC who provided the space.