Christmas Dinner Since 1924
The Order of the Knights of St. Columbanus have provided a hot meal on Christmas day for the poor and homeless in Dublin since 1924.
Originally the Christmas day dinner for the poor and homeless was held in Dublin's Mansion House but in recent times it has moved from the Mansion House to the RDS in Dublin (with thanks to the Royal Dublin Society for their continued support).
Sadly, the demand for our services continues to rise year upon year with almost 1,100 meals produced in 2011 to over 3,000 meals in 2014.
The Knights of St. Columbanus provide a four course Christmas Dinner on Christmas day comprising of a fresh vegetable soup starter, followed by chicken and ham or turkey and ham served with mashed potatoes, roast potatoes and either mashed sweet potato or turnip (or both if requested) served with gravy and all the trimmings. Desert is warm Christmas pudding in a bandy custard. This is followed by tea or coffee with a sweet mince pie.
Beverages are responsibly served to Guests by our Volunteer Christmas Day Dinner Bar Staff. Entertainment is in the form of live music, Irish Dancing troops and from time to time some very well known popular artists.
All our Christmas Dinner Guests are given a 'goodie-bag' to take away with them. These bags contain a sandwich and soft drink for later in the day (as there are not many stores open Christmas day). Some other essential food items as well as cosmetic and essential sanitary items.
To celebrate our 90th Year of the Christmas Day Dinner - we gifted each Guest with a 'Back-Pack' containing a high quality fleece, a wash bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, nail clippers and a comb. A warm hat, scarf and gloves were also gifted.
Fortunately, the Christmas Day Dinner Committee was informed in advance that there would be a number of families present with young children. On this occasion we were able to purchase toys relative to of each child - needless to say these toys were very well received by the children.