Special Report

A day in the lives of Ireland's homeless population as Christmas approaches. Homeless families and individuals tell their stories about life in temporary emergency accommodation, hotels, hostels, hubs and sleeping rough.


Kayley Joyce has been homeless for three months. She is currently living in a B&B in Sandymount. Kayley commutes across Dublin to bring her two children to school and day care before attending college herself in Sallynoggin. Kayley is currently training to be a hairdresser.

Kayley's Story


Craig is a young man in his early twenties who is currently living in St. Peter’s Place. Craig has been homeless for four years after growing up in the foster care system. Craig became homeless after dropping out of college and losing his hostel in Athy. Since taking up volunteer work, Craig says his motivation has returned and he started a new job on November 27th, a few days before this was filmed.

Craig's Story


Martina Deegan and her two children became homeless fourteen months ago. After declaring herself homeless, Martina and her two children are residing in accommodation provided by the Peter McVerry Trust. Every morning, Martina and her children travel across Dublin to get to school where they used to live. As a result of homelessness, Martina’s children have missed between 40 and 50 days of school so far this year.

Martina's Story


Michael Keane has been homeless for three years. Michael, originally from Limerick, lived with his father in the United Kingdom until his father's passing. After his father's death, Michael returned to Ireland and became homeless shortly afterwards. He says drugs and alcohol were part of his past on the streets and prefers to sleep rough than in hostels.

Michael's Story


Stefan Mulhall is a single father of two children, he has been homeless for 18 months. Stefan is currently staying in a hostel in Clonskeagh, each morning Stefan and his two children walk across Dublin to get to school. Stefan says that once he finds stable tenancy he will be able to look for employment.

Stefan's Story

We would like to say a special thank you to:

Depaul, Dublin Simon Community Rough Sleeper Team, Dublin City Council, The Homeless Street Café, Sister Stan and Focus Ireland, Brother Kevin and the Capuchin Breakfast Centre, Peter McVerry Trust, Inner City Helping Homeless, The Welcome Place, Safety Net Mobile Health Unit.