March through street of Wexford raises money for homeless charities
Around 40 people marched through Wexford town on Friday to raise funds for two 'homeless' charities, Ozanam House and the Women's Refuge.
The march and a fund-raiser at Mooney's on Friday night were organised by local activists John Furlong and Denise McCormack.
John said the money raised would not go directly to homeless people, but would be divided equally and channelled through the two charities.
The march, which began in Redmond Square and was led by the St. Patrick's Fife and Drum Band, proceeded down Main Street, and turned left at the Talbot before heading back to the square.
Friday night's fund raiser at Mooney's included several local bands which gave their services free.
Asked about the plight of the homeless in Wexford, John said things were bad for some and while some appreciated help, others were more resistant to it. He cited the case of one homeless man who was 'perfectly happy' with his life and had turned down offers of assistance.
'I'm one of the organisers and we hope we'll raise a lot of money, but this is the first time we have done anything like this, so we'll see how we go,' said John.