Homelessness at any age can be soul destroying. But having spent your life working hard, paying your dues and believing that your more difficult years are behind you, homelessness at 60 can be particularly hard.
A striking feature of the alarming rise in the number of people facing homelessness in Galway is the changing demographic of what was considered to be a ‘typical’ homeless person. Ann*, a well-spoken grandmother found herself in the shocking position of becoming homeless in her late 50s.
When Mary Corbett signed up to COPE Galway’s Meals on Wheels, she didn’t think twice about it; she simply felt that it was the right thing to do. Four decades later, she says she gained more from the experience than she could ever give back. Here’s her story:
Mervue Lunch Club celebrated its 6th Birthday last November and Keith Finnegan and his team were there to record stories and interviews with some of Mervue's most loved and well known members of the community.
With the number of people experiencing homelessness in Galway on the rise, and with COPE Galway’s annual report showing a doubling of those sleeping on the streets of the city, we talk to one woman about her experience of living rough in Galway.