ISPCC / CHILDLINE in association with RTÉ 2FM, along with some of Ireland’s top artists have come together to present a two week long digital live music event in support of children in Ireland.

Since Friday 27th March, fans have been tuning in from 7pm nightly, to live performances through each artist’s official Instagram account. Performances have also been broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM every evening for thirty minutes. People have been donating in support of Childline and the ISPCC through text and online donations and can continue to do so into Week 2.

Hozier gave a very special and exclusive performance live on the Late Late Show on Friday 27thMarch, where he made an emergency appeal live to the viewers. Hozier’s Friday night live stream was followed nightly by Danny O’Reilly, Wild Youth, Kodaline, Dermot Kennedy, Picture This and Gavin James.

Now into Week 2, we’ve had performances by Mark Feehily, Walking on Cars, Hudson Taylor, Orla Gartland and Sean & Conor Price. Tonight sees Lyra perform, followed by Niall Horan tomorrow night, Thursday 9th April.

Tomorrow night will now be even more special, with the addition of Allie Sherlock going live on Instagram at 6.30pm.

This week has also had the fantastic addition of Keith Barry’s Magic Tricks for Kids, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10th April at 12.30pm, live on Keith Barry’s official Facebook page.

FRI 3 APRIL – MARK FEEHILY – @markusmoments
SAT 4 APRIL – WALKING ON CARS – @walkingoncars
SUN 5 APRIL – HUDSON TAYLOR – @hudtaymusic
MON 6 APRIL – ORLA GARTLAND – @orlagartland
TUES 7 APRIL – SEAN AND CONOR PRICE –@sean_and_conor_price_music
WED 8 APRIL – LYRA – @thisislyra
THURS 9 APRIL – ALLIE SHERLOCK (6.30PM) – @alliesherlock
THURS 9 APRIL – NIALL HORAN (7PM) – @niallhoran 

+ Magic Tricks for Kids with Keith Barry, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12.30PM on Keith Barry’s Facebook live!Announcing the much needed fundraising campaign on the Jennifer Zamparelli Show on 2FM, President of the ISPCC, Caroline Downey said; “The ISPCC mantra is never give up on a child ever, and child abuse does not disappear in a pandemic, if anything it increases. The stress among young people, being sexually, physically and emotionally abused and the added stress of the pandemic is putting huge demands on the Childline service. All fundraising has ceased, we are in dire need of the public support because 90% of our funding comes from the kindness and generosity of the Irish public. Through the support of all the incredible artists who are taking part and RTÉ 2FM, we hope that this new form of fundraising will enable us to keep our ISPCC/CHILDLINE service open and running 24 hours in these unprecedented times. Childline is a vital service for children in Ireland. And we ask if you can afford it please support us by donating €4 by texting the word ‘childhood’ to 50300 and if you have a little more to spare, please go on line https://www.ispcc.ie/donate-now

Head of RTÉ 2FM, Dan Healy said; “2FM have partnered with the ISPCC over the last number of years and because of the 2FM Christmas Ball we have raised €600,000 each year for the charity. None of this could happen without the ISPCC president Caroline Downey. But this year we can’t wait until Christmas for your help. We need it now. So the artists are coming to you live from their homes on Instagram and 2FM. Come on, dance and sing at home and share it on your social using the #NeverGiveUpOnChildEver and create Ireland’s first ever remote festival. Please donate if you can.”

Listen to Caroline Downey’s interview with Jennifer Zamparelli on 2FM here: https://soundcloud.com/rte2fm/caroline-downey-chats-to-jen-zamparelli – “All fundraising as we have known it has come to a stop so you do have to become creative. We decided to do a fundraiser in aid of the ISPCC – who is in dire need of funding, there’s been a 59% increase in calls to the charity since 17th March. Our volunteers are still going in, it’s a vital service, we need to stay open”

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