Tuesday 25 April 2017

The concert for a cause - Rock Against Homelessness is back for another year

Bressie lead singer with The Blizzards play at a Concert at St Stephen's Green South as part of the NYE Festival Celebrations. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Bressie lead singer with The Blizzards play at a Concert at St Stephen's Green South as part of the NYE Festival Celebrations. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
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Katherine Lynch
Katherine Lynch with her partner
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

In response homeless crisis in Ireland, some of the nation’s biggest acts have come to together for a major charity concert.

HamsandwicH, Finbar Furey, The Blizzards, Dolorentos, Paul Cleary of the Blades,  Ivy Nation, August Wells  – plus special guests — will play an incredible concert in aid of Ireland’s most in need: the homeless.

Homeless musician Danny Bracken, accompanied by Paul Brady and Dave Fleming, will also perform at the second year of the concert on Friday, April 7 at the Olympia Theatre.

A very special band will also perform a set on the night.

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MCs on the night are Katherine Lynch and Al Porter with special guests.

Niamh Farrell of HamsandwicH echoed the sentiments of many when she said: "Homelessness is at a crisis point in Ireland and we all need to stand up and shout as loud as we can that we won't stand for it! Everyone deserves a safe, warm space to go to when the day is over and so many people don't have this.

"It's wonderful to be able to take part in the Rock Against Homelessness gig and raise much needed funds for focus Ireland. No one should be left out in the cold, we need to reach out and help each other as much as we can."

"With recent figures showing no decline in the numbers of people in Ireland forced to sleep either on the streets or in temporary accommodation, it is imperative that we keep the eradication of homelessness a priority,” said Ro Yourell of Dolorentos .

"I look forward to a day when there'll be no need for charities such as Focus," said Paul Cleary. "In a country as rich as Ireland, a permanent and safe home should be seen as a basic human right, and ought to be provided as a matter of course to all of those in need. A massive government building programme of public housing is required immediately."

Focus Ireland Communications Officer Michelle Moran said: There are now 2,407 children have nowhere to call home in Ireland. It is truly shocking that last month one child became homeless every five hours in Dublin alone. This is unacceptable and wrong and our staff are working every single day with families and individuals to help them overcome the terrible impact being homeless has on them. In such a crisis, events like Rock Against Homelessness help put a spotlight on the issue and raise vital funds for our services to support people who have lost their homes and to prevent people on the brink of homelessness losing their homes.”

Katherine Lynch
Katherine Lynch

She added: "We would like to thank Independent News&Media and all the artists taking part in the concert for supporting our work to end homelessness. Focus Ireland managed to support over 300 families to secure a home and leave homelessness last year and events like this play a key part in helping our work."

Independent News & Media, Ireland’s largest media group, are organisers of the event. This follows on from their successful involvement in last year’s Rock Against Homelessness sold-out concert in aid of Focus with Camille O’Sullivan, The Strypes, The Stunning, Something Happens, Mundy, Donal Lunny and many others.

"INM is delighted to be organising Rock Against Homelessness to help raise funds for the chronic plight of those in need," said INM Group Editor-in-Chief, Stephen Rae."

"The event was a huge success last year and we are looking forward to a fantastic gig with a stellar line up in 2017."

Tickets for Rock Against Homelessness are available from Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide, and cost €30.00. Phone & Internet Bookings are subject to 12.5% service charge per ticket, agents €2.15.

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