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Irish Italian chippers to hold fundraiser for Pieta House

All funds raised will be donated in honour of Enrico Marsella.

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After tragically losing one of their own last year, Irish Italian chippers have decided to come together to raise funds for Pieta House on Wednesday, January 15th.

The death of Enrico Marsella by suicide last August sent shockwaves through the Irish Italian community. To commemorate his memory and raise funds for Pieta House's suicide and self-harm prevention schemes, Irish Italian chippers around Dublin have decided to offer meals below cost on Wednesday, January 15th with all funds raised on the day given directly to the charity.

Each chip shop employee will be donning a Pieta House t-shirt on the day to mark the occasion, with each venue also giving a personal donation to the cause. 

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From @PietaHouse on Twitter.
From @PietaHouse on Twitter.

A takeaway for good

Riccardo Rea, one of the organisers of the event, spoke to Lovin' Dublin earlier this week about the fundraiser, stating that originally only ten chippers were set to take part. However, once word made its way around the Irish-Italian chipper community, more and more venues decided to take part, with more than 50 chippers committed to the fundraiser at the time of writing. 

All day Wednesday, the participating chippers will be offering a quarter pounder and chips, fresh cod and chips, and a snack box and chops for just €5 each. There will also be donation buckets on counters for additional donations, with all money raised going directly to Pieta House. 

At the moment, the majority of the chippers are located in Dublin or the surrounding areas, but if any other outlets want to take part, they can contact the team at the Original Borza Walkinstown and Kimmage Facebook page to get involved. 

If you have a spare moment on Wednesday, dop into your local participating chipper to treat yourself to some tasty food and help raise much-needed funds for Pieta House. If your local isn't taking part, you can donate directly to Pieta House here. The charity relies on fundraising and donations for more than 85 per cent of its income, so any donations are sure to be greatly appreciated. The full list of participating chippers is below (correct at time of writing). For a more up-to-date list, visit the Original Borza Walkinstown and Kimmage Facebook page. 

  • Borza: Balbriggan, Wheaton Hall Drogheda, Kimmage, Perrystown, Stepaside, Kinsealy SC Swords, Tallaght, Terenure, Walkinstown (The Original)
  • Bruno’s by F Macari, Drogheda
  • Colletti’s, Firhouse
  • Cosy Takeaway, Artane
  • Diego’s Kiltipper
  • Donatella Dutch Village, Clondalkin
  • Embassy Grill, Ballsbridge
  • Fairview Grill, Fairview
  • F Macari (Deliburger) Balbriggan
  • Genoa Café, Drogheda
  • Gios, Kingswood
  • Giovanni’s, Flower Hill, Navan
  • La Costa Takeaway, Clontarf
  • Lido, Pearse Street
  • Linas Takeaway, Market Square, Wicklow
  • Macari: Spicers Mill Balbriggan, Main Street Bray, Tesco Shopping Centre Bray, Main Street Celbridge, Castle Village Celbridge, Castletymon, Clane, Clondalkin, 66 Churchtown, Dunboyne, Glasnevin, Kilcock, Leixlip, Ashton Grove Navan Road, Blackcastle Navan, Newtown Park Avenue, Prosperous, Old Bawn, Ratoath, Tallaght Village
  • Marsella: Ferrybank Arklow, Churchtown, Kill, Rathcoole (both shops)
  • Matassa, Tallaght
  • Palm Beach, Ballybrack
  • Papalinos, Bray
  • P.Borza ,Dalkey
  • Rathbeale Takeaway, Swords
  • Rocca’s: Fassaugh Ave Cabra, Malahide rd Donnycarney
  • Roma: Ballyfermot, Mullingar
  • Roxy’s Diner, Swords
  • Sam's, Leixlip
  • Silvio's: Crumlin, Nutgrove, Templeogue
  • SiSi @ Central Cafe Blackrock
  • Toni’s: Inchicore, James street
  • Vincenzo's Drimnagh

If you're struggling with any issues mentioned in the above, there is help available: 

Samaritans Ireland; tel: 116 123
Aware; tel: 1800 80 48 48
Pieta House; tel: 1800 247 247 

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