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These Westmeath GAA players fed the homeless on Grafton Street last night

And in Mullingar too.

IMG_7980 Source: Photo courtesy of Adrian Moran

THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS in Ireland is getting talked about more and more in the run-up to Christmas this year – with over 6000 people living homeless around the country.

Last night, the Westmeath hurlers did their part to help out.

The U21 and Senior teams took to the streets of Mullingar and Grafton Street with hot meals for the homeless

FullSizeRender (1) Source: Photo courtesy of Adrian Moran

As The42.ie reports this morning, both teams decided to go without a post-match meal next month so that they could deliver them to the homeless instead.

U21 manager Adrian Moran told Midlands 103 how the idea came about:

I was in Dublin with my family a few weeks ago and my wife was in shopping and I was putting in time outside and a guy caught my eye line on a doorstep. 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.

Between the two teams, it added up to about 70 meals being provided to needy people last night

With the help of Cairdeas Homeless Action Group, their first stop yesterday was Cusack Park in Mullingar before travelling to the capital. Moran has spoken about how he hopes every county might donate one post-match meal for the homeless in the near future:

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.

A great gesture by the Westmeath players

IMG_7968 Source: Photo courtesy of Adrian Moran

And a possible inspiration for more acts of generosity just like this.

Well played.

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