Thursday 29 September 2016

Sinead O'Connor, The Chieftains and more unite for Rise Against Homelessness charity CD launching tonight

Published 13/05/2016 | 08:24

Mundy and Donal Lunny on stage Photo: Damien Eagers
Mundy and Donal Lunny on stage Photo: Damien Eagers
Niamh Farrell, of HamsandwicH, and singer Camille O'Sullivan Photo: Damien Eagers
Camille O'Sullivan performs at the Rock against Homelessness concert at the Olympia Theatre in support of Focus Ireland. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 24/4/2016
Niamh Farrell, lead singer with Ham Sandwich performs at the Rock against Homelessness concert at the Olympia Theatre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 24/4/2016
Laura whiter and jedward pictured before the Rock against Homelessness concert at the Olympia Theatre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 24/4/2016

Sinead O'Connor, The Chieftians, and Dolores O'Riordan are among the Irish stars lending their voices to a charity album to help raise funds for the fight against homelessness.

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Rising Against Homelessness features 16 tracks from the cream of Ireland's musical talent.

The album includes modern covers of the country's best loved songs such as The Town I Loved So Well by Camille O'Sullivan, The Auld Triangle by Hometown and The Foggy Dew by The Chieftains and Sinead O'Connor.

Many of the artists featured on the CD performed at INM's sell out Rock Against Homelessness Concert in the Olympia Theatre on April 24.

They include Mundy, Camille O'Sullivan, Donal Lunny, Glen Hansard, The Heathers, Ham SandwicH and Dolores O'Riordan while other artists on the CD include The Saw Doctors, August Wells, The Waterboys, Stephen Robinson, Lethal Dialect, Pauline Scanlan, Kila, Declan O'Rourke, Meltybrains? and The Walls.

The album will launch tonight at Temple Bar's Hard Rock Cafe.

INM Group Editor-in-Chief, Stephen Rae said the company was delighted to be helping raise funds for the chronic plight of those in need. "One hundred years on from the ideals of the 1916 Proclamation, this is an opportunity for us all to reach out and help," he said.

Focus Ireland's Roughan MacNamara said the album would help raise "vital funds and awareness of the issues".

"Let's hope this year can be a watershed and action is taken so our society can really say we cherish all our children equally," he said.

There are more than 1,800 children homeless in almost 900 vulnerable families as the crisis continues to escalate.

The album is available from Starbucks stores and record outlets for €10.  Fans can also download the album from iTunes.  All proceeds go towards Focus Ireland's Youth Projects.

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