Posts Tagged ‘Homeless’

“Sir, sir, a euro sir”

December 23, 2017

homeless man

Sir, sir, a euro sir

This particular homeless man drives me nuts – I can’t stand him!

He sits between Grand Parade and South Mall in Cork and he bellows out that request over and over to any man who passes.

A euro!!

Jesus – specifying the amount is the worst. It’s not “have you any change?“, this cheeky bugger wants a full euro!

Do you have any idea how hard I work for my euros and you have the cheek to ask me for one – f**k you !!” , is my private thought each time that I have to pass him.

Because of the cheeky request I never give him anything. And besides, if I did, he’d probably never leave me alone.

As well as this begging technique he’s also quite disgusting.

I’ve seen him just throwing food on the ground (that people have given him) that he hasn’t eaten and wait for it – there is much worse….

I have seen him urinating in the open doorways of the offices and places of business (typically a doorway that leads to a stairwell to upstairs offices) in broad daylight as people pass by,

Can you imagine coming down the stairs of your office and finding someone just pissing into the entrance – DISGUSTING!!!

Can you imagine the disgusting smell and the cleaning job some lucky person will have to do over and over because of this horrible, unpleasant, disgusting man?

It’s easy for all of us to feel disgusted by this “horrible” man.

It’s much harder to stop and help and consider all of the unfortunate circumstances that have led him to this place.

He is someone’s dad, husband, brother, uncle, friend, someone who has been dealth a cruel hand at some point.

Shame on me for being disgusted..

What can we do to help?

What can I do?  

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion Communications, a full-service agency that offers Marketing, PR and Branding  services from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland




December 23, 2017

Homeless in Dublin

That’s it ….all the bags are in, and all that’s needed is to put the shopping away and settle in for a great Christmas.

There is no better feeling than this.

The Christmas tree lights are on, the fire is on, the house is decorated beautifully (thanks Dee!), Honey and Bert are scampering around and it’s time to put on some lunch and settle in and watch a Christmas movie or two!

I’m a real home bird at Christmas, and I love nothing better than enjoying this special time, when you can literally holiday at in your own home.

We will have family and friends over, we will have a few nights out (not too many I hope) and we will eat, drink and be merry in between a few snoozes, opening of Christmas pressies, lazy mornings and walking the dogs in the park.

All in all, total bliss!

We are the very lucky ones …

Spare a thought for the homeless, this Christmas and the rest of the year and do what you can do to help.

Note: this pic was taken along the canal in Dublin near Portobello – the resident of the tent has obviously been very good to these swans who are waiting for them to wake up!

Greg Canty 
 Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion Communications, a full-service agency that offers Marketing, PR and Branding  services from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland

No “Protest Pressure” for the Homeless

October 30, 2016

Jonathan Corrie, Homeless man in Dublin

The Luas drivers and their Union knew it – go on strike, Dublin is upside down, the owners are losing money and keep it up for long enough and the pressure will make the other side buckle.


The teachers and their Union have just started the same process – go on strike, parents all over the country are upside down and keep it up long enough and the pressure will make the government buckle and they will get what they want.


The Gardaí and their Union will do the unthinkable and start the same process – go on strike, communities all over the country will not be safe. Keep it up for long enough and they will certainly get what they want.


The thing with all three of these professions is that they have a lever, a big pressure point that can be used to force what they want – If we do this they won’t like it so we can force a win.

What do you do if you are homeless?

There are more of you homeless every single day and every night. There is no “Union” and no obvious pressure point that can help you to force real change. Jonathan Corrie, a homeless man passed away near Leinster House in Dublin a few years back and as unfortunate as that was it managed to create “a stir” for about 10 minutes.

There are more and more bodies in sleeping bags and under cardboard and gradually they are more and more visible on our Irish streets. Today there will be a few more homeless than yesterday and tomorrow there will be more again – while it’s a huge problem there is no big “lever” that these poor people can use so there is no opportunity to apply any pressure to try to force a solution.

If this was a problem that affected enough of us there would be a solution , until then…

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion Communications who offer Marketing, PR, Graphic Design services from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland