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Report: Longford Sleep out for Simon raises over €30,000

Longford people sleep outside for Midlands Simon Community fundraiser

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On Good Friday night my good friends Sharon Devlin, Aisling Reilly and I joined others in the Longford Sleep Out for Simon in Longford’s Army Barracks.

At first we made this great fort to sleep in, but unfortunately the rain fell so hard we were forced in doors with all of our stuff drowned.

We “slept” in a barn then for four hours damp and cold, but on learning we just raised €30,000 for sleeping out, our spirits were not dampened.

At 6am it was lights on, clear out time and as I lay on my bed waiting for the water to heat so I can shower; I was never so thankful for my warm sheets, comfy pillow, hot water and a roof over my head.

Lying outside in the rain that night, even for a few hours, then in the barn on a hard ground beside loads of others really hits it home; our homeless, the refugees, these nameless…we really haven’t got the faintest clue.

I for one am humbled.

€30,000 in one night is an incredible feat; but a drop in the ocean of what we need to do.

I was reporting on the night for Shannonside FM, listen below to the report featuring interviews from those who slept out; CEO of Midlands Simon Tony O’Riordan, Community Fundraising Officer for Midlands Simon Noel Greene and Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Gerry Warnock.

Longford Sleep Out for Simon:

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Rachel’s 8Tunes on 8Radio.com February 18th

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I’m on 8Radio.com here with brand new music from Hozier, Aine Cahill, Mongrel State and MindRiot, classics(ish) from Papa Roach and Velvet Revolver, and a few more thrown in for good measure….

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Or tune is in via the TuneIn app….simples!

Rachel’s 8Tunes on 8Radio.com February 04

Rachel’s 8Tunes on 8Radio.com

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Smudge the cat is very excited! Can you guess why?

That’s right we’re about to rock it up on 8radio.com! Cool cats love 8radio (and tea of course).

Coming up at 9pm tunes from Dire Straits, Caravan Palace, White Chalk, Greenday and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly.

Listen in on 8radio.com/listen or download the 8radio app to your smart devices (it’s the smart thing to do). You can also catch it on the TuneIn app.

9-10pm folks!!! Do it for Smudge.

Rachel’s 8Tunes on 8Radio.com January 21 2016

Rachel on the radio

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Oh HEY! It’s that time of the week again…The Rachel Masterson experience on 8Radio.com! Thursday night’s 9-10pm!!

This weeks show I’ve kicked off with some of The Radioactive Grandma, throwing in a bit of The Minutes and The Pale….

Mixing it up then with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Suede and The Beta Band!

And….a little Soundcloud experiment I got up to this week after hearingBeach Baby‘s “Sleeperhead” (also on the show.)

So check it all out on Rachel’s 8tunes….

Rachel’s 8Radio.com 8Tunes January 07 2015

Rachel’s weekly music show on 8Radio.com

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Rachel’s 8tunes on 8Radio.com is a wide mix of music across all genres. On this show, hear an hour of cracking tracks from Nirvana (a gem from Bleach), Melissa Auf Der Maur, Soundgarden, Natalie Prass, Seasick Steve, Fr. John Misty and loads loads more.

Check it out: