It's the end of an era for the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin, as its founder steps down.
Brother Kevin Crowley, one of Dublin's best known homeless campaigners, is retiring today after setting up the shelter over 50 years ago.
Alan Bailey, manager of the Capuchin Day Centre says Brother Kevin is the driving force behind the shelter that’s been in operation since 1969 - going from a prefab to a state-of-the-art facility.
Brother Kevin says he’s sad to leave Dublin - and concerned about the future with more people looking for help.
Not only does the centre offer hundreds of meals every day, there’s also showers, a family area and free services such as a dentist and doctor.
President Michael D Higgins is among those paying tribute: "May I take this opportunity to extend my very best wishes to Brother Kevin Crowley as he retires today from the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin.
"Since founding the centre in 1969, Brother Kevin has led an invaluable service that is providing essential food and compassion to those most in need in our capital city.
Peter McVerry Trust would like to congratulate Brother Kevin Crowley, a freeman of Dublin city, on his outstanding contribution to Irish society. We wish him well on his retirement today and look forward to continuing to work with the Capuchin Day Centre. pic.twitter.com/XSZOxG70pa
— Peter McVerry Trust (@PMVTrust) August 19, 2022