Sunday 25 September 2016

Almost 1,000 tickets sold for Olympia charity gig

Jane O'Faherty

Published 23/04/2016 | 02:30

Performers include Camille O’Sullivan. Photo: Tony Gavin
Performers include Camille O’Sullivan. Photo: Tony Gavin
Laura Whitmore. Photo: PA

Tomorrow's Rock Against Homelessness gig is a virtual sell-out, and organisers are urging people to get their tickets before they're all gone.

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While some space still remains, it's expected that demand will soar over the next 24 hours with a chance that all tickets could be snapped up when doors open at 7pm.

Organised by Independent News and Media and MCD Productions, the concert in the Olympia will feature some of Ireland's finest musicians - with all proceeds going to One For Ireland.

Irish performers Camille O'Sullivan, The Strypes and HamsandwicH will take to the stage on the night.

They will also be joined by Le Galaxie, Something Happens, The Stunning, Mundy, Heathers, Róisín O and Brian Kennedy.

Meanwhile, MTV presenter Laura Whitmore and Jedward will also be among the crowd in the Olympia on the night.

Camille O'Sullivan said she would like to help in any way she could, adding: "It's good to be part of something pro-active and supportive."

"Homelessness is heartbreaking to see and, sadly, seems to be getting worse," she continued.

One For Ireland is a charity initiative that aims to raise money for homeless services throughout the country this month.

It encourages people to give as little as €1, in a bid to raise at least €1m on one day, April 29.

Organisations to benefit from the fundraising include the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, the Peter McVerry Trust, the Irish Youth Foundation, the Simon Community and Focus Ireland.

Niall McLoughlin, CEO of the Irish Youth Foundation, said: "The number of children and young people who are now homeless in our country has gone beyond shocking."

"The speed at which this number is increasing is even more alarming," he added.

According to figures from Focus Ireland, 85 families across Dublin became homeless in the month of March alone.

The homeless charity added that the current housing crisis left 293 families and 600 children with no home in the first three months of the year.

Tickets cost €25 and can be bought at www.ticketmaster.ie or by calling 0818 719 300.

Irish Independent

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