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

Longford people sleep outside for Midlands Simon Community fundraiser

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:


A “FUNKTRY” cuppa with: Gregory Spade and Caoimhe Ní Riagáin

A cuppa with Gregory Spade from The Love Tailors and Caoimhe Ní Riagáin of SVP Gardiner Street

Funktry EP launch

Not many people are driven to follow their passion, let alone create a concept which both connects people and helps people, but that’s the fire that fuels Caoimhe Ní Riagáin.

President of SVP Gardiner Street, Caoimhe has been involved with them for a number of years and has recently devised a concept which brings music and fundraising together. The work of SVP Gardiner Street is challenging, and with little in the way of funding they need to stretch their budget to help feed families who can’t afford to feed themselves.

Thus the music came alive. Over the past few months Caoimhe has run a gig with Mark Geary, and been involved with The Music Man in Hat auction. Now Funktry is ready to feed some souls with funk.

Gregory Spade and The Love Tailors have rode in on the funk train to help spread some magic spells.

This Saturday, August 15, Gregory Spade and The Love Tailors will launch their EP “Funktry”, at an exclusive charity gig in The Workman’s Club.

Funktry is what happens when you mix some funk and some country, and this weekend you can get a taste for what happens when that comes together. Bring some dancing shoes, you have been warned!

In this special “a cuppa with”, I met with Caoimhe and Gregory to hear about the work she does with SVP Gardiner Street, how the concept for this gig was devised and to see for myself the funk in the flesh. Plus there was the promise of home-baked cake! Hear it all in the interview plus a little sneakpeak into what you can expect from the EP.

Doors for the show open at 8pm on Saturday, 15 August, with tickets priced only €12.50. It’s for a very worthy cause and promises to be a fantastic night.