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An evening of guests talking about their favourite records and what music means to them

Tue 8th Nov 2022

Whelan’s Main Venue

New punk book in aid of Irish Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal being launched in Whelan’s on Tunesday Nov 8 – all welcome free in

Panellists include Sinéad Gleeson, Patrick Freyne, Rónán Hession, Aidan Gillen, Roisin Dwyer, Molly Vulpyne, Bren Lynnott. Orla Fitzpatrick

PUNKS LISTEN is the third in a series of ‘benefit books’ from the Hope Collective, Dublin’s punk/Do-ItYourself Collective. It is designed to raise funds for the Red Cross Ukraine Refugee appeal. Inspired by the punk community, in 2017 the Hope Collective released a book to raise money for the Syrian refugees. Thanks to the people who wrote for the book, and the people who bought it, they were able to present €5,000 to the Red Cross Syrian Refugee appeal. This was followed up in 2020 by a book to assist the NHS workers and patients during the Covid-19 pandemic. Again, thanks to the writers and the buyers, they were able to donate €10,000 to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 appeal. The new book is a collection of pieces of writing from musicians, writers, actors and music fans. They were asked to write about a record (or a gig) that was significant to them.

The book includes 291 contributions from people including: Amanda Palmer, Suggs (Madness), Roddy Doyle (The Commitments), Mike Scott (The Waterboys), Gaye Black (The Adverts), Henry Rollins, Andy Cairns (Therapy?), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Josephine Wiggs (The Breeders), Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Manda Rin (Bis), Justin Sullivan (New Model Army), Hugo Burnham (Gang of Four), Stephen Rapid (The Radiators, Trouble Pilgrims)

Michael Murphy: “It’s been a really difficult and stressful few years for just about everybody. Sometimes we felt like it was all too much. What could people like us do to make a difference? What could we do to help the Ukrainian refugees? We did a small thing – we contacted some of our favourite authors, musicians and music people. They did something that really mattered to us – they took time and wrote really moving pieces about their favourite records and gigs. When you put all of them together it’s a really meaningful collection. It proves that you can find help in surprising places when you reach out.”

Niall McGuirk “In times of stress and worry you reach out to your community for help. When we saw what was going on in Ukraine we felt we needed to reach out to our friends to show some solidarity. We are 2 punks from Dublin trying to express sympathy and empathy in a world that at times feels like its gone mad. We reached out for help and the response has been incredible. Music motivates us to try to change things and we found comfort knowing the extended music community are ready to help. We asked what their favourite record is and here’s what they wrote” Price: €20 ppd from




Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required


Whelan’s Silent Disco from 10:30pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best (€5 cover charge), plus Late Bar.