Good night for noble Shepherds

    Aiden Byrne

    IT WILL be a night of top class entertainment, a good deed for a brilliant local  body called The Good Shepherd Centre.

    A December show in Cleere’s Theatre, Parliament Street  has been welcomed by centre director Noel Sherry who told The Reporter he was thrilled at the ongoing support of our local community.

    The concert will feature singers, musicians and a local comedian. A right funny man as D’Unbelievables might say about the latter .

    The Good Shepherd Centre in the vaunted shadow of St Canice’s Cathedral is a local

    non-profit organisation helping homeless men and families as well as people at risk of becoming homeless in Kilkenny and environs.

    The  centre offers emergency accommodation, transitional housing and resettlement services with the aim of returning people to sustained independent living.

    It is a place for support services rather than  a hostel only. In the delivery of these services it has  a client centred approach, using agreed Personal Action Plans, supported by local and national agencies.

    Each client is assessed and reviewed on a weekly basis so that changing needs can be identified so that a more seamless transition for each person to secure independent living can be ensured.

    As a team, the centre is driven by the fundamental belief that everyone has the right to a place that  can be called home.

    The Good Shepherds depend greatly on the funds raised during collection events throughout the year.

    These events include an annual street collection in the city on December 8, church gate collection, usually in May, bag-packing in local supermarkets, December 15 and 16 in SuperValu, Market Cross, school awareness talks and counter-top collection in retail outlets in our city and county.

    Financial support also includes private and public sponsorships.Thanks to donations and support the centre has been able to grow and adapt to the changing dynamics faced by the  organisation. 

    Entertainers in Cleere’s will be Conan Doyle, Tony Cleere, Michael Rice, Josh Dowling, Aidan Byrne, Bridget Cody, Clare Lynch and Siobhán Cody.

    Big night is December 14. Tickets, €5, from Siobhan Cody,

    085-1362325 and at Cleere’s.