Homeless for Christmas ‘It has destroyed our life.  It’s shocking.  Our Christmas is gone.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It’s one thing to be cognisant of the fact that over 3000 children will be homeless this Christmas, but it’s another thing to put names and faces on that figure.  In the first of a series of reports on this topic for Today with Sean O’Rourke, reporter Brian O’Connell visited Celina Hogan and her two children who are currently living …

Back from the brink of addiction‘I didn’t want to die… I deserved better than the gutter I was in.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Matthew Moynihan has seen and done more than most in twenty-three short years.  His life has been a rollercoaster, not aided by a difficult start, and he shared his experiences with Ryan Tubridy.  His mum, whom he describes as “an excellent person, the best person I know” gave birth to him while living in the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home …

Homeless in Galway ‘We don’t rob, we’re not thieves. We are good people…. A home would be nice. But it’s impossible.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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There’s been a chronic and very visible rise in homelessness and rough sleeping in Galway over recent months, with some frontline services now calling the situation an emergency. Last night and into the early hours of this morning, Today programme reporter, Brian O’Connell, spent time on the streets of Galway meeting some of the rough sleeping community and those trying …

Glen Hansard on Home Sweet Home.‘We’ve got people without homes. We’ve got homes without people. Surely we’ve just got to get them together.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Some of the best-known figures in Irish music and film have lent their support to the Home Sweet Home movement in their takeover of the Nama-controlled Apollo House on Poolbeg Street, in Dublin, to provide shelter for homeless people as winter sets in. Film director Jim Sheridan, actress Saoirse Ronan, singers Christy Moore , Damien Dempsey and Hozier, have all …

"Defensive architecture" in Dublin.‘I think it’s particularly objectionable, but dangerous as well, particularly on cold night, if you’re a rough sleeper.’

As heard on liveline

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When you think of great works of architecture, you might think of legendary names like Frank Lloyd Wright and his stunning Fallingwater house in rural Pennsylvania, marrying nature and modern design. Or the defining feature of Paris, the Eiffel Tower. Or the incredible designs of Antoni Gaudí, dotted throughout Barcelona. Great architects take pride in their ability to marry beauty …

Homelessness‘When I came home (from Paris) I realised that we had become so desensitised to it.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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I am quite sure Kerrie O’Brien speaks for many Irish people, when she articulates how the sheer scale of the homelessness problem has desensitised a large swathe of the population. Kerrie is an accomplished poet, a former winner of the RTÉ Arena Flash Fiction Competition, 2012, and the first poet to read as part of the New Writers Series in …