Pat Shortt marks St Vincent de Paul’s long link with County Limerick parish

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Comedian Pat Shortt at the opening of the St Vincent De Paul Shop in Castleconnell  [Picture: Michael Cowhey]
ST VINCENT de Paul have opened a charity shop in Castleconnell at a time when there is “more and more demand for help” says Josephine Coleman.

ST VINCENT de Paul have opened a charity shop in Castleconnell at a time when there is “more and more demand for help” says Josephine Coleman.

The volunteer says the charity has a long association with the parish.

“St Vincent de Paul has been working here for 37 years. There was a shop in Castle Street for 20 years,” said Josephine, who is from Lisnagry.

Now a shop has opened in Bruach na Sionna and Castleconnell resident, Pat Shortt, was there to cut the ribbon last week.

A crowd of over 50 turned up and Pat wasn’t the only VIP.

“Original volunteers Mary Fitzpatrick, Kay Greene Keyes and Susan Joyce attended which we were delighted about,” said Josephine, who also singles out Bridget Healy - their longest serving member who is as enthusiastic today as she was on day one. Pat Shortt said he was honoured to open the shop and be associated with St Vincent de Paul.

Lourdes Direct opened in Castleconnell last year and this store is an added addition to the charity work in the area.

And it all does stay in the parish, says Josephine.

“All the proceeds go back into the parish. In these economic times there is more and more demand. You would not believe the kind of people who come to us seeking for help, some with degrees that are really struggling,” she said.

They appeal for donations of bric-a-brac, clothes, small furniture, toys.

“Everything and anything. One person’s junk is another’s treasure,” said Josephine. There is a post box in the shop if you need help or contact St Vincent de Paul in Limerick city and they will put you in touch with staff in Castleconnell.

It is completely confidential, stresses Josephine.

Shew wishes to thank all their supporters including the Castle Oaks House Hotel, AES Bord na Mona and all their volunteers and committee members who give their time for free.

“The shop is down to their hard work,” said Josephine. It is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.