In light of the current Covid19 restrictions, Volunteer Registration for the Christmas Day Dinner for the poor and homeless of Dublin City, organised by the Order of the Knights of St. Columbanus, will not open this year. We apologise for the disappointment this may cause and trust you will understand the approach we must take in catering for those in need on Christmas day in 2020.
Over the last 96 years, the Knights of St Columbanus have provided Christmas Day dinner to over 3,400 people through sit down meals and a home delivery service for the homeless and those in need in our community. This has been possible by the valuable contribution and assistance of their 250 volunteers and the financial support of generous donors.
As 2020 has brought exceptional circumstances, this year the Knights of St. Columbanus are planning an alternative approach. They intend to host take-away hot Christmas dinners from a mobile kitchen which will be located at the Mansion House forecourt with the kind permission and support of the Lord Mayor Hazel Chu and An Garda Síochána.
Simultaneously, the Knights of St. Columbanus will also dispatch some 3,000 pre-prepared Christmas dinners and goodie bags from the RDS as they have done for the last several years. These meals are collected and delivered to needy homes by partner charities such as St. Vincent de Paul, Alone, Age Action, Simon, Dublin City Council, McVerry Trust, and others.
While social distancing and government guidelines are being vigorously followed, all arrangements are subject to changes in accordance with evolving Covid- 19 measures. Please note there will be no seated dining facilities available outside the Mansion House and meals are takeaway only.