25 December 2023
Today in Rathmines, for too many people, it can still just take one small problem to tip someone into crisis and poverty. It can be an unexpected illness or unexpected bills. But we know that a little help at the right time can stop a domino effect leading to a man or a woman or a family experiencing prolonged hardship.
Please remember all the poor and lonely people in Rathmines. Philip Larkins captures their loneliness and their dread in his famous poem ‘Mr Bleaney’. Here is the last 2 verses:
But if he stood and watched the frigid wind
Tousling the clouds, lay on the fusty bed
Telling himself that this was home, and grinned,
And shivered, without shaking off the dread
That how we live measures our own nature,
And at his age having no more to show
Than one hired box should make him pretty sure
He warranted no better, I don't know.
This Christmas please support the Rathmines Area Annual Appeal
Your kind donations keep your local Vincent’s stocked with quality items, and that’s blessing enough for families struggling to cope…