Wednesday 11 December 2019

Original Rudeboys set for school tour

Original Rudeboys (l-r; Sean Walsh and Robert Burch) perform to students in Mount Temple as part of 'Walk In My Shoes' campaign for mental health awareness in young adults. Mount Temple school, Malahide road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Original Rudeboys (l-r; Sean Walsh and Robert Burch) perform to students in Mount Temple as part of 'Walk In My Shoes' campaign for mental health awareness in young adults. Mount Temple school, Malahide road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Original Rudeboys' Sean 'Neddy' Arkins performs to students in Mount Temple as part of 'Walk In My Shoes' campaign for mental health awareness in young adults. Mount Temple school, Malahide road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Michael Staines

Dublin acoustic hip-hop band The Original Rudeboys are touring schools all around the city this week to convince students to open up and talk about mental health.

The tour has a special significance for the band who recently marked the fifth anniversary of the death of Keith Monaghan - a cousin of band member Neddy Arkins and close friend to all three - who took his own life in 2009.

Singer Rob Burch said the mental health awareness message the band are trying to get across in schools is "vitally important".

"It is something that is close to our hearts and it is such a sad thing to deal with, so we just want to push across to the next generation of young kids that they need to talk about it."

He said there are other options available to young people if they find it difficult to talk to their friends or family.

"It is all about letting the kids know that no matter what, whatever circumstances they are in … there are organisations there that are just a phone call away and somebody will jump to help that person in need," he said.

All proceeds from the band's upcoming single 'Never Alone' will go towards suicide prevention charity Console, and the 'Walk in my Shoes' mental health awareness campaign.

The band will be making an appearance at 10 different schools around Dublin this week.

'Never Alone' is set for release on November 14.

Irish Independent

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