From top: Apollo House, Tara Street, Dublin 2; Glen Hansard and members of the High Hopes choir, Kathleen Twomey and Emma Richardson in November
Further to the news that Dublin City Council has granted permission for the demolition of Apollo House – which is currently being occupied to help provide accommodation for homeless people in Dublin…
Home Sweet Home writes:
To say thank you to the people who have supported Appollo House the opening of NAMA building Appollo House for homeless people, Glen Hansard will play a free gig outside the building this afternoon at 1pm.
The Irish Housing Network have said that they have had an overwhelming amount of donations and over 1,000 people in touch to volunteer various skills – including doctors, social care workers, chefs and medics.
‘It’s very clear that this is a people’s movement, so many people have given their time and energy to this freely, and that’s why we’re organising this gig at lunch time today – to say thank you to people in Ireland for their incredible generosity of spirit,’ said one member of the group
The Irish Housing Network and the Home Sweet Home group opened the building last Thursday and so far have 30 residents and are currently at capacity.
They also asked that donations be offered to other homeless hostels in the area as they have what they need for now, but will put out specific call outs when they need specific things.
‘We would love if people could come to see the gig today, and we thank everyone for their generosity from the bottom of our hearts,‘ said one representative.
One of a small number of extremely fortunate Bowie fans from back in the day writes:
It was very cloak and dagger. Can’t remember exactly how I heard about it initially, but the procedure was that you had to attend a drum and bass gig run by Quadraphonic in The Kitchen nightclub [Clarence Hotel, Temple Bar, Dublin] a few days before, and find the person who would then give you a ticket (like the one above).
I did this, and went on my own, as no one else I knew seemed to grasp how important this was/. I spent a night in a small room with less than 200 people with free drink and food as Bowie and his band did a whole concert. I am extremely grateful to life now for providing this amazing experience.