Friday 30 September 2016

Big hearted musicians donate songs for new CD Rising Against Homelessness

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 13/05/2016 | 21:32

Some of Ireland’s most beloved musicians donated songs and music for a new CD named Rising Against Homelessness.

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All funds raised from CD sales will go to helping homeless young people.

Performers on the album include The Waterboys, The Chieftains with Sinead O’Connor, Dolores O’Riordan, The Saw Doctors, Camille O’Sullivan, Mundy, Donal Lunny, Fergus O’Farrell, Glen Hansard, Hometown, Camille O’Sullivan and many more.

The CD is the latest project organised by Independent News and Media (INM) to raise awareness about the crisis of homelessness in the centenary year of the 1916 Rising.

Mundy at the launch of the Rising Against Homelessness cd to raise money for homelessness in Ireland, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Temple Bar
Mundy at the launch of the Rising Against Homelessness cd to raise money for homelessness in Ireland, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Temple Bar

A number of top bands also performed free at a fund-raising sell-out concert Rock Against Homelessness in the Olympia Theatre on April 24, organised by INM. The proceeds from the CD sales and the concert will go to Focus Ireland’s youth homelessness projects.

The CD is on sale for €10 at all Starbucks cafes and HMV stores. Starbucks marketing manager Celine Gilmer said the company was delighted to support such a worthy cause.

Clare O'Donnell and Becki Greene at the launch of charity album 'Rising Against Homelessness'
Clare O'Donnell and Becki Greene at the launch of charity album 'Rising Against Homelessness'
Pictured at the launch of charity album 'Rising Against Homelessness' are Hometown with some fans. All proceeds go to homeless charities

The CD was launched tonight at the Hard Rock Cafe in Temple Bar with live performances by Hometown, Mundy, August Wells, and The Celtic Tenors.

Attending the launch, Niall McLoughlin, chief executive of the Irish Youth Foundation, said the One For Ireland Campaign to raise funds for homelessness charities won strong support.

Aoife Davey and Sabina Cotter at the launch of charity album 'Rising Against Homelessness'
Aoife Davey and Sabina Cotter at the launch of charity album 'Rising Against Homelessness'

He spoke of the importance of opportunities for young people to succeed in their lives. There was no more fundamental need than a secure home.  Much needed to be done to support more than 1,880 young people who were homeless, he said.

“It’s a wonderful CD. The musicians were very generous in helping homeless young people. If homelessness is experienced by young people, they are far more likely to become homeless adults,” said Mr McLoughlin.

Pictured at the launch of charity album 'Rising Against Homelessness' are Hometown with some fans. All proceeds go to homeless charities
Pictured at the launch of charity album 'Rising Against Homelessness' are Hometown with some fans. All proceeds go to homeless charities

“Focus Ireland aims to give young people a better start in life to build their confidence, develop skills, provide stability and access to education and prepare them for independent living,” he said.

Sunday Independent journalist Barry Egan, a leading member of the INM team behind the concert and CD, said “We hope to make a difference in raising awareness about the crisis of homelessness affecting young people 100 years after the Proclamation sought to cherish all children equally.”

"I'd like to thank everyone who gave so generously of their services.  And to thank Editor in Chief Stephen Rae for being so supportive from the very start. There has been a wonderful response as it is heartening to see the support here tonight from so many people, including Dublin TD Jim O'Callaghan.," he said.

Daire Whelan, Irish Independent 1916 Project Co-Ordinator, said INM was extemely grateful to all to have participated and supported the concert and CD endeavours to help homeless young people.

Prior to performing last night, Celtic Tenor James Nelson said it was "a disgrace" that so many  people were homeless in 2016, including those who lived in cars or in hotels or otherwise.

"The urgency of the homelessness crisis in Ireland needs to be highlighted," he said.

Fellow Celtic Tenor Matthew Gilsenan said: "Serving the needs of the homeless should be hard-wired into Government policy which would mean that charitable projects like this CD would be no longer necessary.  This crisis should have a much greater priority than water charges."

Sunday Independent editor Cormac Bourke said: "It is a depressing indictment of Ireland that there are more than 1,881 children homeless in almost 900 vulnerable families as the crisis continues to escalate.

"An estimated €35,000 was raised from combined ticket sales and donations - for the One For Ireland campaign and Focus Ireland’s youth homelessness projects - from the Rock Against Homelessness concert that saw 1,400 people in thrall to the some incredible performances from the likes of HamsandwicH, The Strypes, Mundy, The Celtic Tenors and Camille O’Sullivan.

"Independent News & Media are delighted to have put together this CD  for an important issue in our country and the monies raised from Rise Against Homelessness go to The One For Ireland Campaign which aims to raise one million Euro to fight youth homelessness in Ireland and to Focus Ireland’s youth projects. "

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