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Living for the City: a conversation with Peter McVerry

A public interview with the homeless activist and latest freeman of Dublin

Fr Peter McVerry

Mon, Jan 13, 2014, 15:16


Time for the fourth installment in Living for the City, Banter’s autumn/winter series of talks about living, working and playing in the capital city. After indepth looks at bikes, gaffs and the new Dubliners, we welcome Fr Peter McVerry to Banter for an indepth conversation on his life and work.

The latest freeman of Dublin has been working with Dublin’s young homeless for more than 30 years. During this time he has campaigned tirelessly for the rights of these young people. In 1979, Fr McVerry opened a hostel to address the urgent need for accommodation for young homeless people. Four years later, he set up a charity called The Arrupe Society, to provide further housing and support.

Renamed in 2005 as Peter McVerry Trust, the charity has progressed from providing a three bedroom flat in Ballymun to today’s wide range of services catering for the diverse needs of young homeless people. Some services include an open access service, supported accommodation, drug services, under 18s hostels and apartments across the city to offer longer-term housing for those ready to live independently.

The details: a conversation with Peter McVerry will take on Wednesday January 29 at the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1). Doors open at 6pm and the interview begins at 6.30pm. Admission is free and you just need to sign in advance to the invite list here.

Bantercasts: with huge thanks to Tanya White and Michael Keegan at Old Hat, we have finally sorted out the Banter podcasts. You’ll find all the podcasts to date here – the latest is an indepth interview with Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy and The Duckworth Lewis Method recorded at the Kilkenny Arts Festival – and you can also subscribe to them on the iTunes store (Android users can subscribe via this link). There will be a new Bantercast every week so watch out for broadcasts from recent talks as well as some gems from the back catalogue.