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Glen Hansard speaks to the Phil about influences, activism and the danger of fame

Mary Hartnett fills you in on yesterday’s passionate and emotive conversation with prominent Irish musician and activist, Glen Hansard


Best known for his roles in the iconic film The Commitments and Academy Award winning musical Once, Glen Hansard yesterday took to the stage in the GMB’s Debating Chamber yesterday as he was awarded the Phil’s  Gold Medal of Honorary


A place they call home

Dermot O’Riordain details his experience volunteering full-time with the Simon Community Rough Sleeper team in Dublin


“Everything he owned was there and burned with it. He watched, helpless, as it burned, and all he could hear was the teenagers laughing.”

A couple of weeks ago, one of our clients had his tent set on fire by


Sleeping rough is tough, one night showed me that

Majella Mc Pharland recounts her experience of the TCDSU organised sleepout, reminding us that this issue is far from resolved

Last Thursday night I was one of the participants in the inaugural sleep out in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust, which was organised by the TCDSU and FLAC. The Peter McVerry Trust works with homeless people and those at


Peter McVerry: To be homeless today is to face into a nightmare

After recently receiving an honorary degree from Trinity, Peter McVerry reflects on his experiences fighting homelessness and calls for greater student engagement.


Father Peter McVerry was born in Belfast and grew up in Newry, County Down. After being educated at Clongowes Wood College and UCD he studied to become a priest and was ordained in 1975. During these years he came face


Over-reliance on private sector a mistake – Phil panel on homelessness

newsThe Phil, in association with the Bram Stoker Club, yesterday hosted their first panel discussion of the year, on the topic of tackling homelessness. The panel comprised of three guest speakers: Conor Hickey, the first lay director of Crosscare, the …


‘Put them where we can’t see them’

Recent objections to the opening of a new homeless shelter on Fitzwilliam Street Lower are a damning indictment of Dublin business.

comment1It seemed that we had finally come to terms with the fact that there is a homeless crisis in Dublin. We recognised its existence, and authorities had finally begun to deal with it. People showed their support by donating to …