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Dublin Samaritans refers to the Dublin, Ireland, branch of the Irish and UK registered charity Samaritans. The Dublin branch is based at 112 Marlborough Street where it has occupied the same premises for the past 20+ years.
There are 260 active volunteers in Dublin, manning a large city-centre building for 24 hours a day and dealing with 86,000 contacts a year on six emergency telephone lines, in a number of private interview rooms and on computer for emails and text messages.
Branch history Edit
On 2 March 1970 the first branch of Samaritans in the Republic of Ireland opened in a single room at 39 Kildare Street, Dublin - a building scheduled for demolition. A handful of volunteers staffed a room in relays for 8.5 hours a day, taking calls on a single telephone and answering the door to an occasional visitor.