AFTER a hugely successful fundraising and awareness raising event in January last year, the Metis Ireland Music for Mental Health concert will again take place in Dolan’s Warehouse with an extensive lineup of great artists and special guests. The concert happens this Friday January 11 from 8pm.
On the bill this Friday is Emma Langford, Conor Ward, with David Hope performing with Shannon Gospel Choir, presented by local promoters Cuppa Tea TV. Spin South West’s Meghann Scully will MC. There will be some surprise guests and appearances by Stray Saints, Dylan Murphy, Dora Gola and the Corpus Christi Choir.
In January 2018, the first Music for Mental Health concert featured the best of upcoming talent from Limerick and Clare. Special guests on the night were ‘The Greenberries’ formed for the night with Dan Murphy and Dermot Sheedy of Hermitage Green, with Emma Langford, Nile St. James and Cian Daly and very special guest Noel Hogan on guitar. The line up played classics from The Cranberries to an ecstatic crowd. That performance was all the more poignant as the world would lose Dolores O’Riordan a few days later.
Last year’s concert raised over €16,500 of which every cent went to the chosen charities.
Karl Daly of Metis Ireland Financial Planning firm, based in the iconic red church on Henry Street, Limerick came up with the idea of running a fundraiser concert for mental charities.
He told Limerick Post why he initiated the Metis Music For Mental Health project.
“Mental health issues are rampant in our society today. Many people wake up every morning after a night of broken sleep absolutely dreading the day ahead and can see no future for themselves in our world. This issue is massive and still has huge stigma attached to it.
“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.”
“It’s January which is a pretty dull month. I know you have probably made New Year’s resolutions after the Christmas festivities but by Friday Jan 11, you will be due a night out!”
100 per cent of the funds raised from ticket sales will be presented to three local charities: Corpus Christi Primary School, Pieta House and Limerick Suicide Watch.
Metis Ireland Music for Mental Health concert happens this Friday 11 from 8pm.