At the annual US-Ireland Alliance’s Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot in Santa Monica, California, hosted by JJ Abrams.
Singer/songwriter Glen Hansard and poet Stephen James Smith.
Buzz O’Neill writes:
There were MANY stars tonight and MANY great speeches, but poet Stephen James Smith brought the room to a standstill with his live rendition of his now viral smash hit poem My Ireland. He was brought onstage during Glen Hansard’s performance.
If you haven’t seen it already, watch My Ireland here
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.
Glen Hansard and members of the High Hopes choir, including top, from left: Kathleena Twomey and Emma Richardson helping to “put human faces to the homeless crisis:’ with a special visit to the Focus Ireland coffee shop.
I’m a local filmakmaker. Last year you were gracious enough to post my film A Novel Approach to Dating. Myself and a collaborator named Ross Carey, just made this tribute video to the Frames ahead of their 25th anniversary…