THERE ARE OVER six thousand people homeless in Ireland this Christmas, but the Westmeath hurlers did their part to help last night.

The U21 and senior teams decided that they could go without a post-match meal next month, and decided to deliver them to homeless people instead.

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U21 hurling manager Adrian Moran felt the need to help after seeing a man lying in a doorway, staring into oblivion, during a shopping trip to Dublin.

After speaking with players and managers in the Westmeath setup, the teams agreed that they could easily go without a meal after a match next month. Between the two squads, that added up to roughly 70 meals.

Source: Photo courtesy of Adrian Moran

“Yeah, the hope would be that our example will encourage the other counties to do the same,” Moran told

“That every county would give up one post-match meal that would be served to the homeless. And that could be done in their own county or wherever.

“There’s no real cost, because it’s just a dinner that you’re giving up. The only cost is someone bringing the dinner to the venue.

“We’re just going to go without a dinner some night in January on a collective training night and lads will bring their own sandwiches or whatever.”

Source: Photo courtesy of Adrian Moran

The teams gave out meals in Cusack Park in Mullingar at 5.30 yesterday evening, before setting the sights on Dublin to give out meals on Grafton St. with the help of Cairdeas Homeless Action Group.

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