FR PETER McVerry SJ is a Catholic priest famous for battling homelessness.
The trust he founded helps over 4,000 homeless people in Dublin each year.
The Dublin-based priest recently launched a scathing attack on our government for, what he described as the lack of forward thinking and planning with regard to our homeless.
Another notable voice expressing dissatisfaction was Brother Kevin Crowley who runs the Capuchin Day Care in Dublin.
Both agreed that were it not for the volunteers across Ireland the plight of those living on the streets would be disastrous.
The Kilkenny-based Good Shepherd Centre is a case in point.
The centre on Church Lane has been in existence for over 20 years and works with men and families experiencing , or at risk of becoming homeless.
The ethos at the centre is to promote and support resettlement for an individual and family.
The Shepherds work in a manner which encourages client to take control of every dimension of their own lives including accommodation, learning and training, self and personal development and responsibility.
The centre is completing building work on independent living accommodation on site.
Management hope to acquire additional community housing.
Centre manager Noel Sherry spoke of how the Good Shepherds rely so much on the support of business groups, various organisations and individuals to continue their mission to help local homeless.
Very shortly local musicians join forces to raise funds for the centre.
The idea is the brainchild of local woman Siobhán Cody.
A member of relatively new band Sola, which also includes Clare Lynch and Bridget Cody, Siobhán said that the cause was close to her heart and that she was happy to put her shoulder to the wheel to help those less well off.
“We ran a similar gig last year and we got a great response, raising over a €1,000 for the homeless,” said Siobhán.
This year’s gig is in Tommy Hackett’s Pub, Parliament Street on August 5 and feature Mick Hanly, Roy Thompson and Sola.
MC will be popular local entertainer and radio presenter Kay Brennan or KB.
Tickets on the night or if you would like to make a donation you can contact 087-2591880 or through the Sola Facebook Page.