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Dublin's Pygmalion Replacing Entry Fees With Homeless Charity Donation Requests

By Dave Simpson

Dublin bar Pygmalion has decided to drop all entry fees for the remainder of January, and possibly longer, with the owners instead wanting customers to donate the same entry fee to the Peter McVerry Trust.

Ticketed Events And Menu Discounts

This waived entry fee also extends to ticketed events, and the bar has also announced a discount of up to 20% on all food and drinks, as well as 40% off all drinks every Sunday for the remainder of the year.

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Pygmalion Group owner Paul McGlade Jnr said, "The initial idea was warmly received with our customers in 2020 and with homeless figures at an all-time high today, we felt it was time to reintroduce this idea and help to raise funds and awareness once again for our city’s homeless crisis. It also gives our patrons the opportunity to help this great charity a little, which generally there’s a really warm response to.

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"We're in here, in central town every day, and it's so evident on the streets every day and even more so at night time. We have to remind ourselves not to get complacent about it, as we so much of it every day. When we have international DJs arrive from abroad, and they nearly always comment on how bad it is here, that always acts as a stark reminder.

"I think so many of us in Dublin want to do our part to help but more importantly just desperately want to see this ongoing homeless crisis come to an end in our city."

Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said, "It’s fantastic to see initiatives like this in January - typically a quieter month for donations after Christmas. We're very grateful to the team at Pygmalion for choosing our charity and for highlighting the issue of homelessness to a younger audience. The money raised will enable us to help more people to leave homelessness behind for good."

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