After a post on the Facebook page Humans of Ireland went viral, George Cunningham will be sitting down to Christmas dinner with his family this year.
When approached by the photographer, Lee, and asked about his situation, Cunningham said that his one wish for this year would be to have a Christmas dinner, no matter where it was. "I'm homeless and travelling around to any town that has shelter for the homeless so I can get a bed for the night as a lot of places are full. If I had to sleep out in this cold I'd be dead already", he told Lee.
"The only thing I care about at the moment is finding a place to have a Christmas dinner, if I could find a B&B that'd included a Christmas dinner I'd pay the money. I'd even pay €100 for a hotel if I have to, I just want to have a Christmas dinner."
When the post went up originally on Humans of Ireland on December 8th, it got a huge response, with people offering to pay for his meal, to host him themselves and to do whatever they could to help him out. But it din't stop there.
As it turns out, George's sister contacted the photographer, Lee, and said that she hadn't seen her brother in 12 years, but that she wanted to reunite the family this Christmas and have him for dinner. Speaking to Sky News, Lee said he had no way to contact George and had to ring around a few people in Kinsale to try and find him, but when he eventually did, George was finally able to talk to his sister, and found out that his mother was ill, and she hadn't been able to contact him to let him know.
Cunningham will spend Christmas with them this year, and a local clothes shop has also offered him a new suit for the occasion so that he looks his best, along with a hotel offering him free accommodation if he wants it.
Speaking to The Irish Independent, Cunningham said "I kind of lost contact with my family and then, after my photo was put on the internet, I suddenly started getting offers of meals and stuff", and that he was "absolutely overwhelmed" by the reaction.