Monday 5 December 2016

Stars lend support to Rising Against Homelessness CD

Published 11/05/2016 | 08:16

Niamh Farrell, of HamsandwicH, and singer Camille O'Sullivan Photo: Damien Eagers
Niamh Farrell, of HamsandwicH, and singer Camille O'Sullivan Photo: Damien Eagers

Some of Ireland's biggest stars feature on a new charity album aimed at helping children affected by homelessness.

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Following on from INM's sell-out Rock Against Homelessness concert in the Olympia Theatre on April 24, a CD version of the same initiative will be launched this week.

Featuring the talents of 16 of our best-known stars, Rising Against Homelessness will be available in Starbucks outlets and selected record stores for €10.

Among those who performed at the gig and will feature on the CD were Camille O'Sullivan, Mundy, Donal Lunny, Glen Hansard, and Dolores O'Riordain. Also featured on the CD are The Saw Doctors, Ham Sandwich, The Chieftains and Sinead O'Connor.

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
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
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

Singer Camille said she was happy to do her part. "It's good to be part of something pro-active and supportive," she said. "Homelessness is heart-breaking to see and sadly seems to be getting worse."

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.

Proceeds from the sale of the album will go towards Focus Ireland's young projects. A digital version is also on iTunes.

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