Cat Dowling praises the ‘really tough spirit’ of the homeless ahead of her summer performance of the Rock Show Against Homelessness in Cork


Indie pop singer Cat Dowling has praised the ‘really tough spirit’ of more and more homeless people in Ireland as she embarks on another Rock Against Homelessness concert to support Focus Ireland later this month .

He, the Dublin-based performer, will feature at the Church of the Sea venue, in Ballycotton, east Cork on August 19 as part of Sunday Independent’s fundraising concert series with support by Focus Ireland.

This will be her sixth fundraising performance for the homeless charity this year following successful gigs in Dublin, Dundalk, Gorey, Sligo and Limerick with the support of charities. Cork indie bands The Burma, First Class and Coach.

The performer who grew up from Kilkenny said the issue of homelessness is an issue that is very close to her heart.

“I know very brilliant, competent, highly intelligent people who ended up on the street.

“I know a nurse who sadly died on the street. There’s a fine line between rise and fall,” she said.

“There are so many wonderful people in Ireland who do incredible work for the homeless.

“They’re not looking for badges. These are true unsung heroes. Nobody knows anyone else’s story. There are so many empty houses in Ireland. We have to deal with this. We have to adjust. reframe the way we think about the homelessness crisis We can find a solution.

“There are many classes. Homelessness and mental health go hand-in-hand. It takes a really tough spirit to survive on the streets and without a home. We all deserve it. dignity.”

Focus Ireland chief executive Pat Dennigan said the fundraising was essential as the number of homeless people in Ireland continues to rise and could get worse as a temporary ban on evictions is in place during the pandemic. The epidemic has ended while the number of job losses due to Covid-19 is also expected to increase.

“The support we have received from these events is fantastic and important to our work. We need this help more than ever because there are more than 10,300 homeless people and amazingly the number of homeless children has skyrocketed by 41 percent in the last year,” he said.

“Focus Ireland needs to raise almost 40 per cent of our annual budget through events like Artists Against Homelessness, so we really need people to support the gigs across the country. this whole country.

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“They’re going to be amazing and will help raise awareness of the issues and give voice to the homeless and others we’ve helped get a home to tell some stories about. their own stories and show that homelessness can be ended.”
Peter Vandermeersch, CEO of Mediahuis, the Sunday Independent publishing company that has been hosting Rock Against Homelessness charity concerts since 2016, said: “Our company ‘Mediahuis’ has the word ‘huis’ which means ‘house’ or ‘house’ in its trademark name.

“We want to be a warm ‘home’ for our media in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxemburg and of course, Ireland.

“More importantly, we believe that everyone has an essential right to a home. The fight against homelessness is in our company’s DNA.” That’s why, over the years, we’ve held concerts to support
by Focus Ireland. So let’s enjoy the music. But more importantly: let’s ban homelessness.”
Meanwhile, Sunday Independent editor Alan English praised Focus Ireland’s work in the ongoing crusade to end homelessness. homeless.

“It’s an organization well-deserving of Ireland’s support and I’m delighted that this concert series, supported by the Sunday Independent, is raising both funding and awareness.

“They also showcase some great artists, great Irish performers, who are giving their time and talents generously.”
Tickets are available at the door and from the usual stores.

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