Brave campers tackle all-night ‘sleepover’

L/R: Lucie Clement (Belgium) Camille Averame (France) Grace Kiely Avril Fahy, Francis Kiely Cllr Jackie Cahill Cllr David Doran. Maria Murphy Moyne. Photo by Pat Browne.
Rain and high winds couldn’t dampen the spirits of the few hardy souls who camped out in The Dome, Thurles, on Friday, highlighting the scourge of homelessness.

Rain and high winds couldn’t dampen the spirits of the few hardy souls who camped out in The Dome, Thurles, on Friday, highlighting the scourge of homelessness.

The Mid West Simon Community’s ‘Moving on Together’ sleep-over challenge had to take shelter in the Dome beside Semple Stadium due to high wind warnings.

The Simon Community’s Geraldine Lambert told the Tipperary Star that people have put their hearts and souls into organising the anti-poverty campaign.

“They have raised the money and we have raised awareness of what this programme is about. Typically you think of somebody on the streets, sleeping rough, maybe an addict, maybe someone who has mental health difficulties. But what we’re finding now is that there a lot of people now coming out of rented homes, where the landlords are in distressed mortgages. The banks are repossessing, so a good tenant of five or six years, has notice to quit and to find somewhere else. Rents are going up, and suddenly, through no fault of their own, you could have somebody who is on fairly low incomes, finding it difficult to get accommodation in the area where they were living in.”

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.