Saturday 23 June 2018

Moone Boy is all grown up - here's what David Rawle looks like now

Star lends his support to Focus Ireland's campaign to highlight effects of homelessness on children

Chris O’Dowd and David Rawles in ‘Moone Boy’
Chris O’Dowd and David Rawles in ‘Moone Boy’
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

He's best known as the cherubic-faced 80s kid in Chris O'Dowd's sitcom Moone Boy but actor David Rawle has grown up and moved on.

Now 16 he's lending his support to Focus Ireland's new campaign to highlight how the homelessness crisis is affecting children in Ireland.

David narrates a video for the charity supporting OCO #ChildrensRightsNow Campaign and highlights how thousands of children are being denied their basic rights.

"It is now 25 years ago since Ireland signed up to the UN Children's Rights Convention," he says.

"This is a special international agreement that spells out the rights every young person under 18 has.

"These are very important and they include that every child has a proper place to call home, that children have somewhere safe to play and enjoy themselves with their friends, that all children are equal and have a right to a proper education."

He adds that nearly 3000 children are homeless in Ireland and being "denied the right to a proper childhood."

Standing outside government buildings he says, "We want Ireland to take action so that every child has a right to be just that - the right to be a child.

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David Rawle in the video for Focus Ireland

“We need this right today, not tomorrow, for it is today that we are children.”

Having wrapped on Moone Boy after three season in 2015, David went on to voice a character in Cartoon Saloon's Song of the Sea, and is now starring as a teenager in new RTE series Drop Dead Weird, which also stars Pauline McLynn.

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