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Michael Flatley praised for visiting Cork Penny Dinners and making a donation to the charity




Riverdance’s Michael Flatley made beautiful scenes at the Cork Penny Dinners with his family for Christmas this afternoon.

The Irish-American icon has arrived to donate to the charity which will feed over 10,000 Cork families this holiday season.

Michael called into the soup kitchen with his wife Niamh and son Michael St James before heading straight downstairs to visit the volunteers who were hard at work making sure everything was in order before Christmas.

Co-ordinator Caitriona Twomey said she was excited to welcome the people and the donation.

Christmas has always been a special time for Caitriona since she was a child.

The tradition of feeding the needy is a very personal, family one, started by her father, who played Father Christmas to hundreds of needy people in Cork on Christmas Day.

And as a child, Caitriona Twomey saw her late father Tom every Christmas day.

Tom’s children have never been able to understand why their father disappeared early on the family’s best day of the year.

Now running the esteemed city charity Penny Dinners, Christmas remains a time of great need but also of great service for the people who come to the cafeteria and the many volunteers who help them with anything from a hot meal to a bag of toiletries Advice on budgeting or accessing accommodation and courses on eating healthy on a budget, using the internet or building a resume.

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