Westmeath hurlers dish up dinner to homeless people on Grafton Street

Fair play to the members of the Westmeath U21 and senior teams, who last night dished out more than 100 hot dinners to the homeless on Grafton St last night.

Picture courtesy of Adrian Moran.
Picture courtesy of Adrian Moran.

The squads started in Mullingar before heading to the capital to serve up meals with the help of the Cairdeas Homeless Action Group.

The idea began with U21 manager Adrian Moran who had been struck by the number of homeless people on a recent trip to Dublin.

“I was in Dublin with my family a few weeks ago and a guy caught my eye line on a doorstep,” he explained. “I was probably standing there for 15 or 20 minutes, he looked to be asleep but on closer observation when I got closer to him his eyes were wide open and he was staring into space.

“It looked like a waste of a life, and that’s what put the thought in my head.”

Inter-county teams normally sit down to a hot meal after matches and trainings, so Moran suggested that the Westmeath squads should donate one of these meals to the homeless.

He told GAA.ie that he hopes the idea will spread to other intercounty squads.

“The hope would be that our example will encourage the other counties to do the same.

“That every county would give up one post-match meal that would be served to the homeless.

Picture courtesy of Adrian Moran.
Picture courtesy of Adrian Moran.

“There's no real cost, because it's just a dinner that you're giving up. The only cost is someone bringing the dinner to the venue.

“We're just going to go without a dinner some night in January on a collective training night and lads will bring their own sandwiches or whatever.”


A very decent gesture - let’s hope it catches on.

Cover picture courtesy of @EliteMindsets.

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