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Ireland’s top musicians to perform in the Concert of Hope for Pieta House

Pieta House digital Concert of Hope is taking place this Saturday, April 25, via Facebook Livestream.

Ireland’s top musicians to perform in the Concert of Hope for Pieta House

Pieta House have organised a digital Concert of Hope, taking place this Saturday, April 25 from 5 pm to 10 pm via their Facebook page. Many of the country’s favourite artists, including Paddy Casey, Ryan Sheridan and Christy Dignam to name just a few, will perform from their homes via a Facebook Livestream, to raise much-needed funds for the non-profit organisation.

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Limerick’s own Dan Murphy from Hermitage Green is just one of the many artists taking part in the Concert for Hope in aid of Pieta House.



This online concert is set to be a one-of-a-kind experience, with performances from Pa Sheehy of Walking on Cars, Dan Murphy of Hermitage Green, Steve and Joe Wall from The Stunning, Mal Tuohy from Riptide Movement, Don Mescall, Brian Kennedy, Paddy Casey, Ryan Sheridan, Ross Breen, as well as Aslan’s Christy Dignam along with his Daughter Kiera and son-in-law Darren. Even more acts are yet to be announced.

The need for Pieta’s lifesaving services is greater than ever as COVID-19 impacts not only on the nation’s physical health but its mental health too. As people find themselves worried, anxious, under strain, financially impacted and in many cases isolated and alone, the effect on mental health is significant. Recent research has also confirmed that 1 in 5 Irish people are experiencing clinically defined levels of depression. Even before COVID-19 the public need for Pieta’s services was on the increase, with calls to Pieta’s helpline up 49% year on year while text messages to Pieta had increased by 46%.

Elaine Austin, CEO of Pieta said, “As a result of Covid-19, our helpline has seen an increase in calls from people all over the country who are in crisis right now with many others presenting with high anxiety. Our bereavement counsellors are supporting people who have lost loved ones and who are

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Limerick’s Don Mescall is another musician taking part in the Pieta House Concert of Hope.

struggling to come to terms with their loss in a world where friends and family cannot grieve together as a result of the lockdown. Funding from the public has never been more vital to keep Pieta’s door open. The Darkness Into Light walk will hopefully take place later in the year, but we can’t wait – we’re urgently asking people to donate, whatever they can. This will help fund our services, ensuring we can continue to support those in their darkest hours and to keep delivering our one-to-one counselling.”

In other fundraising news, Pieta House have launched a Darkness Into Light ‘Sunrise’ appeal.

On May 9, it was expected that over 250,000 people would have come together on every continent to walk together highlighting the fight against suicide and self-harm. Darkness Into Light is the main annual source of funding for Pieta. As the walks cannot now take place as planned in May, a Darkness Into Light ‘Sunrise’ appeal is taking place on that day. This special appeal encourages people to donate what they can to this vital charity and to come together while remaining apart by getting up at 5:30am to watch the sunrise and to show community and solidarity with those impacted by suicide. Pieta are also asking people to spread the message and offer hope by sharing their sunrise moment using #DIL2020 on social media. 

To tune into the live concert this Saturday, April 25, from 5 pm to 10 pm, go to the Pieta House Facebook Page.

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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.