Providing a Free Dinner Service in Limerick each Sunday

The Free Dinner Trust (‘the FDT’ or ‘the Trust’) provides a free dinner service – for up to 100 diners - in Limerick each Sunday, and on certain public holidays. The dinners are available, without charge, to anyone who wishes to attend.

The dinners are provided at the Limerick Youth Service café in Glentworth Street, Limerick, between the hours of 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.

For more information contact our Facebook page

The primary function of The Free Dinner Trust (the FDT) is to provide free meals on Sundays to those disadvantaged by homelessness and poverty within the city of Limerick and its environs. The Trust is a warmly hospitable, inclusive community acknowledging the differing circumstances, preferences and abilities of individuals. The Trust provides opportunities for, and encourages, all individuals within the FDT community to flourish, with particular concern for those who are disadvantaged. Modelling a caring family, interchangeability of roles as volunteer and diner is encouraged through respectful encounter and relationship as equals

The FDT is a charity registered with the Charities Regulator
– number 20102166
  • Siobhán Wheeler (Chairperson)

    Siobhan currently studying for a MA in Applied Theology through the Irish Bible Institute is a Local Preacher with the Methodist Church in Ireland. She is a director of Novas Ireland, a voluntary organisation working with those disadvantaged and socially excluded, particularly those who are homeless.

  • Gordon Milne (Treasurer)

    Gordon is a retired chartered accountant and a former partner in PwC. He is a director of Doras Luimní, an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working to promote and protect human rights, and is Deputy Chairman of The King’s Hospital School, Dublin.

  • Michaela Tucillo (Secretary)

    Michaela trained as a medical doctor at Queen’s University, Belfast. Following a period of practice in Belfast she moved to Limerick and has been working with children and young people in the community for the past 11 years. She is currently studying for a MA (Theology) at Belfast Bible College.

  • Shirley Shorten

    Shirley is a former employee of AIB Bank and is currently undertaking a two-year course in Community Care with LCETB. She has also been involved in the community and voluntary sectors.

  • Éamonn Fitzgibbon

    Éamonn, a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Limerick, is currently the Director of the Irish Institute for Pastoral Studies, based in the Thurles Campus of Mary Immaculate College, and is also Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Planning in his home diocese of Limerick, having been Director of the recent Limerick Diocesan Synod (2016).

The Trust relies heavily on its volunteers, who help each week with the preparation and serving of the dinners. While over 50 volunteers are involved each month, we are always on the lookout for others willing to help, either on a regular or occasional basis. If you would like to help, please contact us on Facebook.


We are extremely grateful for the generous assistance we get from our sponsors and supporters, including:
  • The Redemptorist Poor Campaign
  • The JP McManus Charitable Foundation
  • Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership
  • Bridget and Brian O’Connell
  • Dundon Callanan, Solicitors
  • O’Donovan Lavin, Chartered Accountants
  • Agent Digital
  • O’Connell’s Victuallers
  • Limerick Youth Service
  • The Glen Tavern