RAP Against Homelessness will feature Enda Gallery, Jayne, Strange Boy, Hazey Haze (pictured above) in addition to Willzee, SmallChurch and Deviant.
The latest homeless figures show there are currently 269 adults in emergency accommodation in Limerick
The Sunday Independent’s Rap Against Homelessness in aid of Focus Ireland will take place on Friday, June 24 in Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick. The night is curated by up-and-coming rap disruptor Strange Boy and will feature some of the best talent Limerick has to offer – Hazey Haze, SmallChurch, Enda Gallery, Jayne, Willzee And Deviant (Resident DJ). Rap Against Homelessness promises to be one of the concerts of the year.
The gig is certainly timely. The latest homeless figures from the Department of Housing (March 2022) show there are currently 269 adults in emergency accommodation in Limerick and 51 families who are homeless in the Mid West. That figure shamefully includes 102 children.
Focus Ireland CEO Pat Dennigan said: ‘The current situation would be even worse without the vital services and housing Focus Ireland provide. At Focus Ireland, we are working hard to provide essential services and housing across Limerick so we are there when people need us the most. This work wouldn’t be possible without public support. This means we really need public support now more than ever so we can be there when people need help the most.’
As well as providing homes through Focus Housing, Focus Ireland also offer youth support and advice, and an information service that assists people who are currently experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
Looking forward to the Rap Against Homelessness Limerick concert, Dennigan added: ‘Focus Ireland needs continuous fundraising as homeless figures increase nationwide. Ticket sales from this gig will provide crucial funds for our services. As well as promising to be a great night of music, the concert also provides a chance to spread awareness about our work locally in Limerick.’
The Sunday Independent editor Alan English said: ‘Focus Ireland does incredible work on behalf of the homeless, of whom there are far too many in my home city of Limerick. I think it’s brilliant that there’s going to be a performance by an extremely talented young Limerick artist, Strange Boy, in one of the country’s best music venues, Dolan’s, to raise both money and awareness for Focus Ireland and the exceptionally important work they do. The Sunday Independent is proud to be associated with this event and I hope it’s well supported by the great people of Limerick.’
‘It’s a preventable situation, especially in Limerick but negligence by the government has allowed it to endure for far too long,’ said Strange Boy. ‘In this day and age it should be a basic human right to have a roof over your head, something that hasn’t been provided for the most vulnerable in this city.’
‘I’ve always thought it poignant that we use the term homeless rather than houseless,’ said Enda Gallery. ‘The solution begins with the understanding that truly everyone belongs in our society and ends with us collectively taking the necessary actions at every level; human, political and societal to show that we truly believe this.’
‘Today represents a time in which it has never been such a lofty prospect for the majority to call themselves homeowners,’ said SmallChurch, ‘but it is the homeless who suffer most from this housing crisis. And so it has never been so important for us all to unify, as one entity facing this crisis together.’
“Dolans are delighted to be involved in rock against Homelessness. Strange boy is no stranger to the Warehouse and is guaranteed to be an amazing night showcasing some incredible acts for a great cause,” said Neil Dolan
Tickets cost €15 and are available on the door or HERE
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