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Novas Denis Allen Tribute Night to raise funds and awareness for homelessness

Pictured Musician, Denis Allen, Mayor Stephen Keary and Tony Doyle ahead of the Novas Denis Allen tribute night on March 1.

Novas Denis Allen Tribute Night to raise funds and awareness for homelessness

Since the 60’s Denis Allen has been involved in the music scene in Limerick and his most famous song, ‘Limerick you’re a Lady’ has become the city’s enduring anthem. On Thursday, March 1 at 8pm, Denis and a variety of musicians will perform at a Novas Denis Allen tribute night in aid of Novas at the Greenhills Hotel.

Allen played with a number of showbands throughout the sixties including The Berwyn, The Jack Glynn Quintet and Ding a Ling and wrote many songs for a range of artists throughout the decades. The Novas Denis Allen tribute concert will acknowledge Allen’s contribution to music, especially in Limerick. Bryan Meehan is the musical director for the event and will introduce artists including The Hub Big Band, Shaun O’Dowd, The Anchor Chamber Choir and the O’Rourke School of Dancing, as well as many more. The MC on the night will be RTE’s, Lorcan Murray.

Pictured, dancers from the O’Rourke School of Dancing, who will be performing at the Novas Denis Allen tribute night.

Novas is the largest provider of homeless services in Limerick and throughout the Mid-West region. In 2017, the organisation worked with approximately 4,000 individuals and families who were homeless or at risk of homelessness. Head of Communications with the organisation, Una Burns said, “They were most grateful to the wonderful host of entertainers for performing on the night and raising vital fund for Novas. All the money raised will go towards Novas’ Intensive Family Support Service and Housing First Service in the city”. She went on to say that “It promises to be a fantastic evening of song and dance and we’re all very much looking forward to it.”

Novas set up its first service in Ireland in 2002. Funded by the HSE and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government it provides services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Working with families, children and single adults who are disadvantaged or socially excluded, it offers client-centered services and promotes social justice. It provides services in Limerick, Dublin, Kerry, Tipperary, Clare, and Cork.

Tickets cost €20, with all proceeds going to Novas. They can be purchased from Steamboat Music on Steamboat Quay, Hook and Ladder on Sarsfield Street and SuperValu in Corbally. For further information on this event, you can contact Chris O’Connor on 061 370325.


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.