The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has issued an appeal to commercial owners on Dublin’s northside for a retail unit to replace a charity shop destroyed by fire.
The Vincent’s shop in Coolock Village Centre was engulfed in flames in the early hours of Monday morning, causing structural damage which will result in the shop being closed for some time.
“We urgently need to find a replacement quickly as the loss of revenue is a blow to our ability to support those who seek our help,” said Liam Casey, SVP East Region President.
The 1200 sq. ft unit was one of the busiest in the SVP shops network in the Dublin area and will be a major loss to the community.
“The level of goodwill and offers of help from the local community, which depended heavily on the invaluable service of the Vincent’s shop, has been overwhelming,” said Mr Casey.
The shop was operated by a full-time manager with the support of three community scheme workers and about 40 volunteers.
Anyone who can offer an alternative site is asked to contact Mark O’Brien on 087-776 2293. While an alternative premises is being sought donations can be left at SVP shops in Fairview Strand, Kilbarrack, Killester and Malahide.