Top Comedian to Stage Galway Fundraising Gig

One of the country's top - and most controversial - comedians has announced plans to stage a fundraising gig in aid of the charity, Youth Work Ireland, Galway (YWIG) this September. Read more...

The comedian in question, noneother than Tommy Tiernan, made the accouncement at the recent launch of the YWIG flag day (due to take place on 30 July), where he spoke of the importance of young people today having places where they can just "be" without all the pressures of modern life.

Tiernan, originally from Meath but who is now resident in Galway, has a history of raising money for local young people. Earlier this year, for example, Tiernan set a new world record for the longest stand-up comedy show in history. All profits from that Galway gig - which clocked in at 36 hours and 15 minutes - went to help homeless teenagers in the area.

Flag Day

On Thursday, 30 July YWIG staff and volunteers will be out on streets of Galway with their collection buckets. They will be seeking much needed funds to cover afterschool snacks for kids, funding for grinds and counselling, materials to run activities and hire venues, as well as sponsorship for events.

Speaking at the flag day launch, Irene Murphy, manager of YWIG, said, "Young people and their services have been hit really hard in the cutbacks. In Youth Work Ireland, Galway alone funding ceased for 3 projects and most of the other projects have suffered reductions in funding of between 5 and 10%. Last year alone over 5000 young people availed of our services. We are asking for help from the people and businesses of Galway to continue to support as many young people in Galway as need our services. All monies collected will be spent in Galway."

More Info

To find out more about the September gig and the important work done by YWIG, visit their website or click on the logo below: