Mid West Simon’s ‘Simon Week’ 2018 will take place October 01st-07th. ‘Simon Week’ is a national awareness campaign, now in it’s eleventh year, which seeks to raise awareness of homelessness and the people supported by the Simon Community.
There will be events and activities taking place all around the country at a local, regional and national level. This year, Simon’s campaign message is ‘Homelessness is not normal – let’s start a Big Conversation with Government about housing and homelessness.’ Panti Bliss and Jennifer Maguire have generously given up their time for this year’s campaign video which you can find here > Simon Week Video Link
It’s easy to be distracted when something becomes an everyday sight. But #homelessness is not normal and it is not acceptable. Please sign our petition and help us send a strong message to Government https://action.uplift.ie/campaigns/313 #HomelessnessNotNormal #TheBigConversation
Mid West Simon’s highlight event, Street Beat’s, a lively mini street festival, will take place, Thursday 04th of October on Little Catherine St. Limerick between 11am and 8pm. This free event welcomes the public to come along and enjoy a wide variety of music, poetry and spoken word performances, aswel as face painting.
Artists and bands performing on the day include; Julianna Hennelly, The Fake McCoys, Fergal Nash, Dominic Taylor, Keith, Jason Hinchey, Betsy Walsh, Damien O’Rourke, Larry De Cleir and Louise O’Flanagan.
Below is a bit about the artists taking part and their reasons for doing so;
Louise O’Flanagan is an Irish singer songwriter, pianist, guitarist & composer.Born in Limerick City, Louise’s music is emotionally thought provoking and its raw power yanks and tears at the heart strings. Energy surges upon her melodic wavelengths.
“I’m feeling very grateful to be supporting the Simon Community through Music & Song. My heart is my home and where my fears are most at rest. It would be an honor to offer my heart as a home to the homeless through my Music & Song.”
Julianne Hennelly is an artist and community musician. She uses her craft to bring people together and promote positive mental health. She has close friends and family who have been affected by the homeless crisis
Fergal Nash, rock singer/songwriter from Kilcornan, specialising in up tempo guitar anthems and acoustic ballads.
“Homelessness is a scourge on our society and I am delighted to lend my hand to the Simon Community by performing at this event and helping their efforts to raise awareness and seek immediate government intervention to deal with this crisis!”
Keith – a Shropshire wallah, started playing music at 15 years old as a drummer in a rock band, playing covers and originals.
“I am pleased to be able to support the Simon Community, which does sterling work to assist the homeless and focus awareness on the associated problems and possible solutions.
I have Been homeless myself several times down the years.”
Dominic Taylor is the founder of The Acoustic Club a weekly event where songwriters can perform the own original work in front of a live audience.
A funky mix on the saxophone of jazz, blues, rock and ska numbers.
“I’m a singer/song writer, covering a collection of songs and tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The sentiment of my self-penned songs are based on true life encounters. The Simon Community has helped me in the past and I would like to give back by performing a few groovy numbers”.
Damien o rourke
From Shannon, Co. Clare….run’s a music project called Cuppa Tea TV which promotes original music and youth in music so a listener more than a performer
“Deligheted to be involved in helping such a mighty cause as the Simon awareness gig”