For those who are looking for musical event with a variety of talent on display, a night of unique musical renditions takes place on Friday April 1st 2011 at the Olympia. It’s all for a great cause, in honour of Paul Newman and the wonderful Barretstown.
This will be the third The 3rd Inspirations concert held and this year features: Glen Hansard, The Stunning, Delorentos, Ryan Sheridan, O Emperor, Dirty Epics, Elevens and now special guests, Mik Pyro (Republic of Loose), Declan O'Rourke, the RTE Concert Orchestra and more. The night will feature the above acts performing songs by their musical heroes and some of their own material. Barretstown is a specially designed camp that provides Therapeutic Recreation programmes and life changing experiences for children (and their families) with serious illnesses - primarily cancer and serious blood diseases - from Ireland, Britain and throughout Europe. Every year over 1,500 children aged between 7 and 17 come to Barretstown to take part in their unique programmes. It was founded by late Hollywood actor Paul Newman in 1994 and modelled on his renowned Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, USA. Excellent, unobtrusive medical supervision helps children with cancer and other diseases forget illness, learn to have fun and rebuild their confidence and self-esteem. The programmes take place at a fairytale castle in the beautiful foothills of Ireland's Wicklow Mountains. All of the children and families come to Barretstown free of charge. Everything, including accommodation, food, medical assistance and round-trip airfares are provided at no cost to the family. Barretstown is supported by donations and the fundraising efforts of many groups, foundation support and charity events. The acts on the night will perform songs by a range of artists including David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and U2. As well as the music, the night will also feature a short retrospective of Paul Newman’s movie work. Ray D’Arcy will be the host for the evening. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and cost €30 (plus booking fees). All proceeds from the concert will go directly to Barretstown.