HOMELESS IN A TENT – WOLFE TONE CLOSE
This tent is at the emergency door to a building that I worked in about twenty years ago. Recently the immediate space at Wolfe Tone Close has been converted into a public space or mini-park .
In 1979 I moved to California and when I first visited San Francisco I was shocked to see homeless people living on the streets. This was a new experience for me but a few years later I came across rough sleepers in Paris.
Since then I worked for a multinationals and have been based in a number of different countries but in 1999 I decided that I wished to be based in Ireland and to avoid travel as much as possible. Therefore, I purchased an apartment on Bolton Street. Since then I noticed a gradual, but accelerating, increase in homeless people living on the streets near me. In the beginning people did not believe me and most insisted that they must be drug addicts.
In 2019 I had hoped that the number sleeping rough had peaked but now in 2021 it has become much worse as almost every shop door and spare space has at least one resident homeless person and many now have tents.
Yesterday, I noticed one on Pearse street feeding pigeons from his tent. Today, a lady introduced herself as Fiona and she knew my name as we had both attended a course when I retired in 2011. She became homeless a year later and has lived on the streets, on and off, ever since.
Wolfetone Close is a complex of public housing flats developed by Dublin Corporation [now Dublin City Council] about twenty years ago but unfortunately the area in my photographs remained unfinished until a few months ago.
The complex is on Wolfe Tone Street near the corner with Parnell Street, opposite the Virgin Cinema complex. It occupies a piece of land bounded by Jervis Street, Parnell Street, and Wolfe Tone Street that for many years consisted of large ugly carparks and a number of derelict buildings.