Limerick Macra members slept out in the city over Christmas in support of the homeless and to raise money for the Mid-West Simon Community.
As revellers returned home from a Saturday night on the town before Christmas seven Macra men and women spent it in the bitter cold and rain.
Between the day long collection in the Milk Market, on the streets and where they slept out on O’Connell Street, they raised over €8,000 for the homeless.
Emily Sexton of Limerick City Macra said they, Kilmallock and Ballylanders Macra were delighted to be able to support such a worthy charity.
“We were especially touched by the generosity of Limerick people and are very proud to have been part of the sleep-out experience. Thanks to all who donated and to the local business who provided tea and coffee and mince pies - Chocolat, Marco Polo and The George Boutique Hotel,” said Emily.
There were no tents just sleeping bags to protect them from the elements.
“It did rain but it didn’t dampen our spirits. We only spent one night in the cold but for the homeless it can be all year,” said Emily, who was joined by Elaine O’Reilly, Lorraine Collins, Jim Heffernan, Emer McCarthy, Dan Casey and Karen Ryan.
This is the third year in a row that Limerick Macra have slept out in Limerick city.
“The Mid-West Simon Community do fantastic work and we are delighted to support them,” said Emily.
The charity provide the best possible care, accommodation and support for people experiencing homelessness and those at risk.