An organisation providing Christmas services for the poor and needy has said it has seen its numbers more than double to almost 2,500 in the past two years.

The Knights of Columbanus has been hosting the Christmas dinner in Dublin for the past 90 years.

Over 500 people who are homeless or in severe financial difficulty sat down to a special Christmas dinner at RDS this afternoon.

2,500 parcels are being delivered to people in need across Dublin.

The figure has more than doubled in two years.