Clonmel Soup Kitchen's dinner captures the true spirit of Christmas

Eamonn Wynne

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Soup Kitchen

Above - Noreen Boland, Clonmel Credit Union (left) presented Ina Doyle of the Clonmel Soup Kitchen with a cheque for €1,202, which the staff of the Credit Union raised over the past few weeks with their 'Denim Saturdays' promotion.

The Clonmel Soup Kitchen will display the true meaning of Christmas when it hosts its annual Christmas dinner from 5-8pm on this Friday December 22nd.

The soup kitchen, which is based at the Blue Beret Café at the bus and railway station, welcomes anyone who may benefit from a meal or even the three-course Christmas Dinner.

This Christmas party is always a celebration of good company, good food and with a generous sprinkling of what makes a great party atmosphere.

Each Friday evening of the year the soup kitchen provides meals for the hungry, homeless and those struggling with addiction, mental health issues and social isolation.

It was founded in 2012 by Ina Doyle and Amanda Quigley who started by distributing nutritious food from the boot of a car. 

Since then the service has found a home at the Blue Beret Café, thanks to the local branch, Post 24, of the Irish United Nations Veterans Association (IUNVA).

Ina and Amanda's outstanding voluntary work in the community has received deserved and due recognition - last year Ina won an award in the Social Work category at the Volunteer Ireland awards, while a couple of weeks ago Amanda was presented with the Eileen Anderson Unsung Hero award, organised by Clonmel Borough District Council in association with Clonmel Rotary Club.