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‘Heroes Rock’ Limerick in aid of the Little Blue Heroes Foundation

The Dolans Warehouse gig aims to raise vital funds for the not-for-profit charity, bringing six bands to the stage for a night of rock’n’roll.

Dolan’s warehouse will host six bands this Friday night, February 16, in aid of the Little Blue Heroes Foundation (LBHF). 

The not-for-profit charity, operated entirely by volunteers, is made up of Garda members/staff, retired Garda members, their families, friends, and civic minded people from their communities. The group aims to help families in need from local communities in Ireland who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for serious illness.

The Friday night fundraiser aims to raise money and spread knowledge of the foundation, with acts such as Trouble Pilgrims, The Yardarm Dawgs, Thiz Lizzy, Reverse the Hearse, The Outcast Crew and Parliament Square taking to the stage. 

MCing the event is University of Limerick’s Eoin Devereaux.

The name ‘Little Blue Heroes’ came about when those involved noticed that the vast amount of the children they support have a strong fascination with police uniform, equipment, vehicles, Garda units, etc.

Thanks to LBHF, some of the children have even had the opportunity to ‘make a wish’ to become an Honorary Garda and become part of the Garda family.

Through their incredible bravery, the children these volunteers help have become ‘Little Blue Heroes’ – and hence the foundation was born.

Henry Street Garda Station Inspector, Noel Barry, called on the people of Limerick and beyond to support this important event. Inspector Barry said that Gardaí in Limerick have witnessed “first hand” how the foundation helps people in the community.  

“The foundation not only provides financial support to families, it also provides a unique relief and distraction to these children,” he added, explaining the “close relationship” they form with An Garda Síochana. “This gig is our way of raising awareness and some vital funds for Little Blue Heroes Foundation. We hope people get on board for a great charity and a great night out.”

From the local music scene, The Yardarm Dawgs’ – Mike Moriarty, Derek O’ Sullivan, Mike Quinn and Liam D’Arcy – will play a set filled with tracks from rock band Credence Clearwater Revival and English-American supergroup The Travelling Wilburys – and everything in between. The combination of rock from Dublin based band Trouble Pilgrims and Ennis’ Thiz Lizzy are also sure to infuse the crowd with energy. 

Throwing a mix of country, rock, and pop into the night is Reverse the Hearse, alongside The Outcast Crew, who are expected to shake the night up with a mix of melodies influenced by 70’s classic punk and some greats from the Celtic scene (The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys and flogging Molly, to name a few). 

Making a total of six acts in five hours, Limerick’s own indie-outfit, Parliament Square, will play their internationally-acclaimed debut release ‘Forest Fire’ among a host of other exceptional tracks. 

Each band will play free of charge, with all funds raised going directly to the foundation. 

Tickets for the event are €22.50 and are available via dolans.ie. Doors open at 7pm, Friday, February 16.

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