April 04 2020 12:00 AM
Bernard Maguire has been the chef at Drogheda Homeless Aid for a decade and over the last seven years or so, has also taken over the task of providing dozens of dinners each day as part of the Rotary Club's 'Meals on Wheels' service.
Three days a week, top class food, wholesome food, stew, turkey and the likes is delivered to elderly and vulnerable people around Drogheda.
On Monday, with new regulations in place, it was time for An Garda Siochana in Drogheda to take over the driving part of the service.
A number of vehicles pulled up and the food was loaded aboard. Three minutes later, operation complete, the cars left on their way.
For Bernard, it was part of just another day.
He reported in at 6am to start the process.
His cooker - that has seen more hot dinners than most - is on the verge of giving up.
He has been trying to source a part, but without success.
It will cost thousands for a new one - money they just don't have.
'We'll keep going, we have to. This is a service that the most vulnerable need and we'll be here for them,' he stated.
Up to 50 dinners, with a little dessert, are prepared three days a week and in many instances, are a lifeline for those who have little supports around them.
The every day drivers - who can't take on the tasks now - are to be applauded for what they do, especially when the emergency that now exists was not on the horizon.
Depending on resources - bottom line, it's money the service needs now to source their own food - again due to regulations - they would love to see the number of meals increase, but that's the pressure that is sure to come on as the lockdown continues.
Supt Andrew Watters said the Gardai were delighted to be playing their part in the operation.