Rock Against Homelessness is coming to Galway in aid of COPE Galway & Focus Ireland

Rock Against Homelessness is coming to Galway – the first time the fundraiser show has taken place outside of Dublin.

On November 23rd at Monroe’s in Galway, Irish act State Lights will play the gig in aid of COPE Galway and Focus Ireland. The success of the last sold-out show earlier this year in Dublin (which featured Camille O’Sullivan, Aidan Gillen and Tommy Fleming among many other acts) has spurred Focus and event organiser and Sunday Independent journalist, Barry Egan to bring it to Galway too.

Local charity COPE Galway is pleased to partner with Focus Ireland for Rock Against Homelessness in Galway. Providing local homeless services, COPE Galway’s vision is for an improved quality of life in a home of their own for people affected by homelessness.

Speaking about their services, COPE Galway CEO Jacquie Horan said: “We are a local charity that supports people affected by homelessness as well as women and children experiencing domestic abuse and older people in need of support to age independently at home. We value our longstanding relationship with Focus Ireland. We also work together with community partners, groups, businesses and individuals, to help some of the most vulnerable and isolated men, women and children in Galway. Rock Against Homelessness will raise vital funds and more awareness towards the need to end this terrible human crisis.”

She added, “Our figures indicate there are consistently over 80 families and 70 single households in emergency accommodation at any given time in Galway alone. Combined with up to 30 identified individuals regularly sleeping rough on the streets of Galway, this is an issue that requires ongoing attention within our community.”

Meanwhile, speaking about the event, Focus Ireland CEO, Pat Dennigan said: “Rock Against Homelessness has provided amazing support for Focus Ireland since the first show in 2015. The annual concert in the Olympia earlier this year raised a record total of €25,000 that went directly towards our work challenging homelessness and changing lives.  We are now delighted that there will be a Rock Against Homelessness in Galway this year to not only raise funds but to also spread awareness. Huge thanks must go to Barry Egan who has managed to attract numerous top acts and I’ve no doubt State Lights will provide another memorable night.”

Other acts will be announced in the coming weeks while the line-up for sixth Dublin show will be revealed in early 2020.

For more information and to buy a ticket for Rock Against Homelessness in Galway log onto

COPE Galway is a local Galway Organisation whose vision is an “Improved Quality of Life in a Home of your Own” for people affected by homelessness, women and children experiencing domestic abuse, and older people.   

In 2018 COPE Galway worked with 949 adults and 457 children affected by homelessness in Galway, including 186 families and 612 single people. They also worked with 457 individual women and their children who were experiencing Domestic Abuse; produced and delivered 59,053 meals to older clients and for our services around Galway; worked with 730 older people at risk of isolation and supported 3,263 individuals through the FEAD programme (Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived).

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