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Operation Forty Coats

An amazing thing happened in Church Square, Monaghan last Saturday. People dropped off unwanted coats by the armful for a steady six hours. The result was that Operation Forty Coats yielded an astonishing two packed van loads of coats, with  150 filled bags, estimated at some 1,500 coats! The response was literally overwhelming and if it were not for the team of volunteer collectors on Saturday and the team of sorters on Tuesday evening, the whole enterprise would have been quite impossible. Huge thanks to all who helped in any way. Particular mention for Northern Sound for great coverage,  which undoubtedly made a big difference to the outcome. Great credit due to Geraldine Watterson, who steered the entire operation. The coats will shortly be sent by lorry to Dublin to aid the Homeless this winter.


Congratulations and well done to Geraldine and her team for the marvellous idea and for completing a hugely successful project to assist in making Christmas that little bit warmer for some this year. We must also applaud the general public, who responded so generously to the call for help in the name of the Homeless. May the promise be fulfilled - that your giving will return to you a hundredfold and may your Christmas be a happy and warm one.- Ed.

Thanks to Nelius Flynn for the photos.