Christ Church Cathedral Dublin raises over €7,000 for the Dublin Simon Community to help the Homeless 2014


Christ Church Cathedral in association with Young Hearts Run Free have donated over €7,000 to the Dublin Simon Community through its Dublin Outreach 2014 campaign to help alleviate difficulties faced by those experiencing homelessness, as part of its commitment to the organisation.The donation is a result of a Concert organised by Christ Church
Cathedral and Young Hearts Run Free which featured a host of Irish and
International musicians. The Concert, in association with Young Hearts Run Free
and Note Productions, brought some of the most interesting, inventive musicians
at work to perform in the special environs of Christ Church Cathedral.

The concert featured a stellar line-up, such as the great folk singer
from Glasgow, Alasdair Roberts (Drag City), the legendary Dónal Lunny, Iarla
Ó’Lionáird and emerging artists ANDERSON, NiamhMcCormackSings and Matthew Nolan
(3Epkano). The special guest for the evening was the Canadian
singer/songwriter, Spencer Krug.

Bernie Murphy, Managing Director of Christ Church Cathedral, said “We
were delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile cause. The Dublin Simon
community is a very important charity and do such fantastic work in the
homeless sector. It was a privilege to be a vital part of Simon fundraising
endeavours for 2014”.

Sam McGuinness, from Dublin Simon Community, added “On behalf of
the Simon Community and the people who rely on our services, we would like to
thank everyone who organised, participated and attended the Christ Church New
Year‘s Eve concert. Your support not only raises critical funds, it brings us
together to help people who are homeless or at risk. With your help we can
continue to provide services to those most in need and enable them to move to a
place they can call home.”


 L to R, Siobhan Kane (Young
Hearts Run Free), Bernie Murphy (MD Christ Church Cathedral), Sam McGuinness
(CEO Dublin Simon Community)

Christ Church Cathedral Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral has been at the centre of Dublin life for nearly
1000 years. Situated in the medieval heart of Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral,
a charity itself, is one of Ireland‘s most iconic gothic buildings, a leading
visitor attraction and an established concert venue. Renowned for its
breath-taking beauty, magnificent architecture and stunning floor tiles, Christ
Church is also home to the famous 12th century Crypt, one of the largest in
Britain and Ireland.

Dublin Simon Community

Dublin Simon
Community provided services to over 3,000 people in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow
who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Services range from:

  • Emergency accommodation & support providing people with a place of
    welcome, warmth & safety;
  • Soup runs & rough sleeper teams who are often the first point of
    contact for people sleeping rough.
  • Housing provision, tenancy sustainment
    & settlement services, housing advice & information services
     helping people to make the move
    out of homelessness & working with households at risk;
  • Specialist health, treatment &
    recovery services 
    some of the issues which may have contributed to homeless occurring or may
    be a consequence.

Young Hearts Run Free

Hearts Run Free was established in 2008 and since then have put on interesting
music and literary events in unusual spaces, raising money for the homeless. In
that time, they have had contributions from President Michael D. Higgins, Andy
Irvine, Katie Kim, DBC Pierre, John Grant, Villagers, Ivana Bacik, Porcelain
Raft, Tommy Peoples, Edan, Paul Muldoon, John Banville, Kevin Barry and many

further information please contact Nuala Kavanagh, Director of Operations, at
Christ Church Cathedral on 01 677 8099 or 086 7978809 or email


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