Fr McVerry also addressed hundreds of students at Kinsale Community School where he spoke about his life, work, and the trust he established in 1983 to tackle homelessness, drug misuse, and social disadvantage.
Padraig Fitzgerald of the Kinsale Peace Project described Fr McVerry as a remarkable advocate for social justice and the poor.
“He is a very sincere and powerful speaker. He has won numerous awards including the freedom of Dublin, and we were very lucky to be able to bring him to Kinsale before Christmas,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
Fr McVerry’s visit comes as the response to the plight of homelessness gathers pace.
A Mayo-based company yesterday donated new winter-wear to three charities helping in the fight against homelessness, among them the Peter McVerry Trust.
Cork Penny Dinners and Focus Ireland are also set to benefit from the donations.
This weekend, Portwest.ie is running a special initiative for the charities where they donate a coat or jacket for purchases made.
With figures finding there are more than 5,000 people in Ireland homeless at any one time, Portwest says it is increasing its level of donations to charities this year.
Owen Hughes, managing director of Portwest, said: “We are passionate about supporting our local community and for many years have donated new clothing to local charities and will continue to do so.
“This year, we want to help more people across Ireland and ensure that those most in need have warm clothing ahead of what is a difficult time of year.”
Caitriona Twomey of Cork Penny Dinners welcomed the donation. “Keeping someone warm is as important as putting food in their bellies,” she said.