By Kieran O’Mahony
WHILE admitting he knows nothing about metal music, Brother Kevin Crowley from Enniskeane, – who runs the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless in Dublin – said they were ‘absolutely thrilled’ to receive a cheque for €35,000 from Metallica who played recently at Slane.
Brother Kevin told The Southern Star: ‘I don’t know anything about metal music but I believe that the band do this where ever they play.
‘It’s amazing that such famous people have concern for others and it shows how passionate they are.’
Brother Kevin – who credits The Southern Star with starting his vocation after he answered an ad on the paper looking for Capuchin Monks back in 1958 – set up the centre in 1969 and it now provides food and shelter to an average of 800 people every day.
‘Our main concern is for the dignity and respect of people coming to the centre daily and this donation will help so many people.’
While he didn’t get to meet the band himself, his colleague and co-director Brother Sean Donohoe met up with them at a city centre hotel ahead of their Slane gig.
Metallica announced their donation on their ‘All Within My Hands Foundation’ Instagram page, an organisation they set up in 2017 that donates funds to a cross-section of national and local charities.
They said on the post: ‘This leg of Metallica’s World Wired Tour starts with a special donation during rehearsal to the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People where they welcome people in need of food aid who have no home or are socially excluded and provide care with respect and dignity.’
As well as donating €35,000 to the Capuchin Day Centre, the kind hearted band made a second donation of €35,000 to the ISPCC.