Public urged to take part in Big Busk for Focus Ireland

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Pictured are Today FM presenters Ian Dempsey and Pamela Joyce at the launch of ‘The Big Busk for Focus Ireland ‘ which takes place on March 11. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Focus Ireland and Today FM are calling on people to take part in The Big Busk for Focus Ireland to raise vital funds to end homelessness in Ireland.

The fundraiser was launched today by Today FM presenters and aims to raise €250,000 for Focus Ireland, which supports families in Ireland affected by homelessness. 

With 8,914 people currently without a home in Ireland, getting involved in the fight against homelessness is more important than ever.

In the last six months, two children became homeless every day. Today, there are nearly 2,500 children living in emergency accommodation across the country.

People across the country are being asked to get involved in The Big Busk for Focus Ireland by joining in their local Focus Ireland-organised Big Busk event in Dublin, Cork or Limerick, or by organising their own event in their community.

Whether it’s singing in the school playground, playing piano in the office or getting the guitar out on the GAA pitch, this fundraising event is easy – all you need is a tune and an audience.

Those looking to get involved and sign up to hold a busking event on Friday March 11th can go to for more information.

Today FM will also be holding special events throughout the day on Friday March 11, including live performances from well-known Irish musicians to help drive donations.

Pat Dennigan, Focus Ireland CEO said: “With the number of families without a home on the rise, we want communities and individuals across the country to get involved in the fight against homelessness.

“The Big Busk for Focus Ireland will unite the country through music and performance to raise vital funds for homeless services across the country. We urge everyone to join us on Friday March 11th and help us reach our fundraising goal of €250,000.”

To register to take part in ‘The Big Busk’ and for more information go to