#10 | Behind the Scenes at Songs And Words - A Home For All

Dec 18, 2017, 06:00 AM

On a very special episode of Sparking Change, Dil and her team were given full access to all areas at the Songs And Words - A Home For All protest concert, featuring Glen Hansard, Frances Black, Ryan O’Shaughnessy and more, held outside the Dáil on Tuesday 14th December 2017.

The concert was organised as part of the My Name Is Campaign by Inner City Helping Homeless.

In our first ever two hour podcast, Dil speaks to musicians, spoken word artists, film makers, public representatives and members of the public at the protest as we ask why isn’t more being done by the Irish government to address the Irish homelessness crisis?

Currently 5,298 adults and 3,194 children are homeless in Ireland.

Inner City Helping Homeless are interacting with up to 200 rough sleepers nightly, there have been seven deaths in the homeless community in the last 12 weeks and Ireland has the fastest growth rates in homelessness in Europe.

This episode features interviews and live performances of:

Lisa Canny – Songwriter and Musician

Glen Hansard – Songwriter and Musician

Emmet Kirwan – Playwright and Actor

Senator Frances Black – Singer and Founder of The Rise Foundation

Terry McMahon – Director, Producer, Writer and Actor

Stephen Murphy – Poet and Author

Ryan O’Shaughnessy – Singer, Songwriter and Actor

Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál MacDonncha

Stephen James Smith – Poet and Playwright

Rowan McDonagh – Production Manager

The Pale band

Anthony Flynn – CEO of Inner City Helping Homeless

Shane O’Curry – Director of ENAR Ireland

You can find the Sparking Change Archive HERE

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This episode was produced by Kuxi & Alan.

The music is ‘L’obelico del mondo’ by Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubini