Recently in Dolans musical acts from all over took to the stage to take part in a fundraising concert and also to spread the word about mental health. It was a terrific night of music with some special guests both on stage and by video as well. It was all for three terrific organisations and now in its second year, the event has already become a must attend.
Music in Limerick, a Terrific Range of Acts
The night kicked off with the fantastic Corpus Christi Choir who wowed the audience with their songs. They also did a poignant tribute to Dolores O Riordan as well.
Our choir performing “Sorry” by @stephanierainey at @mydolans last night! What powerful words to show everyone it’s okay not to be okay! #metismusicformentalhealth @Meghann_Scully @MetisIreland pic.twitter.com/InFCSkJLsA
— Corpus Christi Primary School, Moyross (@CMoyross) January 12, 2019
Throughout the night acts such as Dora Gola, Dylan Murphy, Siomha Brock and the Stray Saints played a terrific range of songs that showcased just how diverse and talented the music scene is. Towards the end of the night Emma Langford, Conor Ward and David Hope performed alongside the Shannon Gospel Choir before the night was brought to a close with all the acts coming back out on stage to a rousing reception.
— Karl Daly (@karldaly1) January 13, 2019
The Charities Involved
The night is the brainchild of Metis Ireland. At their previous event in 2018 €16,500 was raised with every cent going to charity. This year the three chosen charities on the night were:
- Limerick Suicide Watch who as we know keep an on the river Shannon, and who identify and provide support to those in distress and who may be contemplating suicide.
- Pieta House who provide a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress as well as those who engage in self-harm.
- Corpus Christi Primary School who aim to positively shape all their children’s futures.
Special Guests on the Night
There were some special guests on the night both on the stage and on the screen as well. Jon Kenny performed live on stage for the first time in 5 years and got a terrific reception from the crowd. Throughout the night many special guests contributed by video including John Kiely, Vicky Phelan, Niamh Briggs and Brian Cody to name but a few.
These just added to the overall atmosphere and showed just how important a cause mental health is to a wide range of people throughout the country.
Mental Health Awareness
The key message from the night, of course, was raising the awareness of mental health. As Karl Daly of Metis Ireland said recently:
“We feel that by raising awareness and treating mental health problems as an illness, sufferers have a chance of seeking help and eventually pulling themselves out of the darkness and giving themselves a chance at finding hope”
Mental health is such an important topic of discussion at the moment and if nights like this can help people discuss it more and help those who have struggled then it should definitely be welcomed. All of us here at ICHAS would like to congratulate everyone involved on the night. It was special for all who attended. Roll on #MetisMusicForMentalHealth 2020!!