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Video column: The priest – a tribute Fr Peter McVerry

As part of a series of interviews with Dubliners, journalist Eoin Lynch and photographer Deirdre Brennan paint a picture of the characters of the capital.

A NATIVE OF Newry, Fr Peter McVerry has lived in Dublin since the early 1960s.

After joining the Jesuit Order and teaching at Belvedere College Fr McVerry began to work with homeless and disadvantaged communities in the city, something which he has done for the past 40 years.

The Peter McVerry Trust was set up in 1979 and has progressed from a three bedroom flat in Ballymun to eleven homeless hostels, over 100 apartments, a residential drug detox centre and two drug stabilisation services.

Last month he was made a Freeman of the City of Dublin.

Peter McVerry has lived in Ballymun since 1980.

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Deirdre Brennan – www.deirdrebrennan.com

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