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Opening Doors Appeal 2018

Opening Doors Appeal 2018

Thanks very much to everyone who supported Peter McVerry Trust’s Opening Doors Appeal, which took place from 8-14 October. This year’s appeal focused on the issue of family homelessness and with your assistance, we hope to help more families into their own home in the coming year. 

If you wish to donate to Peter McVerry Trust, you can still do so via the donate button below. 



Opening Doors Film Festival (8-10 October)

The Opening Doors Film Festival was Ireland’s first film festival to engage cinema audiences on the issue of homelessness and stir debate and conversations on its impact on our society. The festival was hosted by the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin 7. 

Over 300 people attended our screenings during the event, which included the first public screening of Rosie by Roddy Doyle.

Dine and Give

Restaurants, cafés and various food establishments from across the country supported Peter McVerry Trust’s Opening Doors Week through the Dine and Give campaign. Thanks very much to all the proprietors who ran various events and deals in aid of Peter McVerry Trust, as well as members of the public who participated. 

Opening Doors corporate supporters

A total of 70 volunteers across seven companies took part in activities to support Peter McVerry Trust during the Opening Doors Appeal, from handing out keyrings to logging empty homes using the Reusing Dublin app. Thanks very much to all of those who lent their support during the week. 

What home means

As part of our Opening Doors appeal, we asked a number of well-known faces to explain what home means to them. Blogger James Kavanagh, broadcaster Vincent Browne, and authors Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen are among those who shared their stories. Watch the videos below.