Speaking of Penny Dinners I was amazed to see a huge queue formed outside of it the other day when I passed it about 12:30.
I'd say there were between thirty and forty people queuing and chatting three or four deep. They were mainly in their 20s, and the vast majority of those in the queue generally looked quite well dressed. This looked at least at first glance, didn't want to be staring at people who are down on their luck, very different to the clientelle that used to generally have to avail of that very old Cork charity going back to the 1880s and before.
Seems to be a reflection of modern life in Ireland.