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Seafarers from the Philippines and many other countries who can't come on land when they reach Cork Harbour have been receiving support and supplies from local volunteers - including a delivery of 100 burgers and chips from McDonald's.

Colin Jenkins, a chaplain in the Port of Cork, boards ships that come in from all over the world and has formed close friendships with seafarers, who he says live in difficult conditions and can often be at sea for nine-month spells without seeing their families.

"Today I've visited crews aboard Filipino, Turkish and German ships, I bring them gift bags put together by several church groups with toothpaste, socks, and other items that they really need, as well as sim cards so they can call their families back home," he explained.

He was asked by the captain of a ship with a large Filipino crew if he could bring 100 McDonalds burgers and 60 portions of chips, as the takeaway food is massively popular in their home country.

More on this Cork Beo story affecting the plight of seafarers. 

Published in Cork Harbour

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