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A cafe in Tullamore is serving free dinner on Christmas Day for people who are struggling

Hats off to The Bakehouse.

bakehousecover Source: Bakehouse Facebook

THE NEWLY RE-OPENED Bakehouse cafe and restaurant in Tullamore, Offaly is situated on O’Connor Square in the centre of the town – and they’ve come up with a ridiculously kind Christmas gesture.

They’re planning to open their doors on Christmas Day for homeless people and those struggling to afford a Christmas dinner for themselves.

So they’ll be serving food in the afternoon to anyone who needs it

thebakehouse A recent Christmas party in the cafe. Source: The Bakehouse Facebook

Local politician Ken Smollen announced the plan on Facebook yesterday, and the post has gone viral since. Derek Coyne, one of the owners of the cafe, told DailyEdge.ie that the response has been marvellous:

Fantastic people have already been in touch wanting to come down to serve the food, clean the dishes and take donations.
Another local place has come on board – Cafe India – to help out.

It’s not just the homeless in Tullamore that they’ll be serving, as Derek explains:

There are some people living in temporary accommodation around the town who won’t be able to manage a Christmas dinner, so we’ll be there for those people as well.

“We put it on Facebook yesterday afternoon to see if there would be more interest – and it’s just snowballed from there.”

bakehouse Source: Bakehouse Facebook

Derek and fellow owner Declan Gorman only came up with the idea yesterday – so the exact details of what will be served have to be ironed out.

But the last 24 hours have been an eye-opening experience for the pair:

It’s great to see such a response from the people in the community at this time of year.

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