Knights to the res­cue as 130 Christ­mas din­ners served up


Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

FOR MANY el­derly, house-bound peo­ple, or those who have sim­ply fallen on hard times, an oth­er­wise bleak Christ­mas was saved by some Knights in shin­ing ar­mour once again this year, the Knights of Colum­banus hav­ing served din­ners to over 130 din­ers.

The an­nual drive to get food to the needy was un­der­taken in Bray, Grey­stones ad the sur­round­ing ar­eas by the Knights with help from friends and the Bray Lions Club.

Or­gan­is­ers said that it was thanks to the mar­vel­lous gen­eros­ity of the peo­ple of Bray that they were able to de­liver the Christ­mas Day din­ners.

The meals, con­sist­ing of turkey, ham, pud­ding, Christ­mas cake, mince tarts, cho­co­lates, bev­er­ages and more were brought to el­derly peo­ple liv­ing alone and to needy fam­i­lies in the Bray area.

The din­ners were cooked and pre­pared by re­tired chef and ac­tive Knight Billy Burke with the as­sis­tance of his wife Marie and sons. Fa­cil­i­ties were kindly pro­vided again this year by the Meals on Wheels As­so­ci­a­tion at their premises on the Kil­lar­ney Road.

Billy and his fam­ily have been tak­ing on the task for the last num­ber of years, spending Christ­mas Eve and morn­ing pre­par­ing a mouth­wa­ter­ing feast for those who need it most, and set­ting a heart­warm­ing ex­am­ple of the true sea­sonal spirit of kind­ness and good­will.

The Knights, an or­der of Catholic lay­men, have been pro­vid­ing this ser­vice for a num­ber of years and are very grate­ful to all who have con­trib­uted to their church gate col­lec­tions in the four Bray parishes and to their re­cent col­lec­tion at Tesco. Fund rais­ing has been un­der­way since Novem­ber for the Christ­mas din­ners.

Seán Shee­han, Bill and Marie Burke pre­par­ing the din­ners on Christ­mas Eve.

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