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everyone belongs Top talent lined up for Rap Against Homelessness gig in Limerick

'It should be a basic human right to have a roof over your head'

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Strange Boy, photographed in Limerick City by Paul McCarthy

Strange Boy, photographed in Limerick City by Paul McCarthy

Strange Boy, photographed in Limerick City by Paul McCarthy

Some of the best talent in Limerick has been lined up for the Rap Against Homelessness gig in Dolan’s on June 24. 

Strange Boy, Hazey Haze, SmallChurch, Enda Gallery, Jayne, Willzee and Deviant (resident DJ) are among the line-up for the Sunday Independent’s Rap Against Homelessness in aid of Focus Ireland.

The night is curated by up and coming rap disruptor Strange Boy and promises to be one of the concerts of the year.

It comes as homeless figures from the Department of Housing released in March show there are currently 269 adults in emergency accommodation in Limerick and 51 families who are homeless in the mid-west.

That includes 102 children.

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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,” he said.

“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."

Mr Dennigan added: “Focus Ireland needs continuous fundraising as homeless figures increase nationwide. Ticket sales from this gig will provide crucial funds for our services.

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"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."

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Enda Gallery will be performing at the RAP gig

Enda Gallery will be performing at the RAP gig

Enda Gallery will be performing at the RAP gig

Sunday Independent editor Alan English praised Focus Ireland for its 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,” Alan said.

“The Sunday Independent is proud to be associated with this event and I hope it’s well supported by the great people of Limerick."

Strange Boy said that 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,” Enda Gallery added.

“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.”

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