Music stars rise up for homeless
Mundy, The Celtic Tenors, Louis Walsh's boyband Hometown - and their hundreds of shrieking, teenybopper fans - as well as Fianna Fail's Jim O'Callaghan, Rhona Blake of FleishmanHillard and film crews from RTE, UTV Ireland and Independent.ie, were just some of the people who turned up for the launch of Independent News & Media's Rising Against Homelessness CD at the Hard Rock Cafe in Temple Bar on Friday night.
Cormac Bourke, Editor of the Sunday Independent, gave a speech to launch the CD, as did Niall McLoughlin, head of the One For Ireland campaign.
Following on from the sold-out Rock Against Homelessness concert last month at the Olympia with HamsandwicH, The Strypes and many more, the CD is the latest project by Independent News & Media to raise money for, and awareness of, the worsening homelessness crisis in Ireland.
The money raised from the Rising Against Homelessness: 16 for '16 CD - which has 16 artists reworking tracks from our past for a modern Ireland - goes to the One For Ireland Campaign and to Focus Ireland's youth homelessness projects. It is on sale for €10 at all Starbucks cafes and HMV stores.
The CD, which was produced by INM, is pure class.
It features, among many others, Mundy with Glen Hansard, Donal Lunny and the late Fergus O'Farrell rebooting beautifully Dominic Behan's The Patriot Game, to The Waterboys reworking the traditional Wild Mountain Thyme, to Hometown re-imagining The Auld Triangle by Brendan Behan.
This is to say nothing of Dolores O'Riordan singing God Be With You, to The Chieftains and Sinead O'Connor performing The Foggy Dew, to August Wells doing The Night Visiting Song or The Saw Doctors doing Villains.
But back to the launch. Hometown performed Behan's The Auld Triangle and Mundy did a storming rendition of The Patriot Game, with the help of Sarah Lynch on violin.
Just off the plane from New York, Ken Griffin's August Wells played a sublime version of The Night Visiting Song by The Dubliners.
Then to finish the night, The Celtic Tenors (who will be on the next INM charity CD out later this year) brought the 300 people in the Hard Rock Cafe to their feet with Nessun Dorma and then an even more emotive Time To Say Goodbye... to homelessness.