Monday October 26, 2020

This Life: Soup and support in lean times

Oliver Williams has set up a number of soup kitchens in the west, and fears demand for his services will keep growing, writes Nicola Cooke.

15th June, 2013
Michael Qualter and Oliver Williams of Twist Soup Kitchen in Galway with Shannon Doyle and Daniella. Photo: Aengus McMahon

Ahundred years on from the 1913 Lockout, when soup kitchens were set up at Liberty Hall in Dublin to feed locked out workers, the soup kitchen is returning to Ireland to feed a modern, but possibly just as needy, population.

Their proliferation - along with more demands on the services of other charity organisations - comes as the government pursues austerity while facing threatened strikes by public service workers.

Michael and Mary, a couple from the...

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