A Kilmacud man has organised an event to raise money for Pieta House, to mark his late brother’s 30th birthday and fifth anniversary.
A Night for Eoin, to suport Pieta House, has been organised by Adam O’Brien, a mental health and autism activist.
He organised the event – a concert in the famous Whelan’s at Wexford Street – to mark his older brother Eoin’s anniversary and birthday on November 4.
“Adam originally booked the smaller room in Whelan’s but managed to sell out the 120 tickets in that room already, so he called them and upgraded to the larger room!
“He really wants to make the event a big success for Pieta House,” his mum, Suzanne, told Dublin Gazette.
“Adam’s dream would be to work in the entertainment industry, to manage a band or something similar, and Eoin was hugely into his music too. We still have five or so guitars of Eoin’s hanging around the house.
“We were only talking this morning about how Eoin would have been interested in going to see Metallica in Slane.
“It was the one thing they really gelled over, so it was almost natural that Adam would set up a gig to mark the event.”
This isn’t Adam’s first time fundraising for Pieta House, as he has been actively involved with the charity since Eoin’s passing almost five years ago.
Adam is on the autistic spectrum, living with Asperger’s – something which Suzanne says hasn’t stopped him in his quest to honour his brother’s memory and raise awareness of mental health.
Suzanne said: “Eoin passed away in the November, and in the April Adam was gearing up to do [physical challenge] Hell and Back with my two brothers, all to raise money for Pieta House and the work they do.
“He also participated in the Cycle Against Suicide, which would be a huge thing for anyone on the [autistic] spectrum; having a change in scenery and sleeping in a different place every night would cause anyone anxiety, but Adam did it in the name of raising mental health awareness.
“He uses physical exercise to help battle his anxiety, and it’s great he can also use it to raise awareness of something he cares so much about.
“Ever since Eoin passed away, Adam’s made it a mission to talk about his anxiety, or to let others know they can talk to him if they need to. He has a lot of time for Pieta House and their work.”
The gig will feature a number of upcoming singer-songwriters from around Dublin, including Amy Naessens, Ryan Cahill, Darce, Luke Clerkin and Cormac Taylor, with magician Colm Dawson acting as MC on the night.
Tickets for A Night For Eoin are available now from WhelansLive.com, priced at €12.50, with all proceeds going toward Pieta House.
For those unable to make it on the night, but who would still like to donate, an online fundraiser has been set up here.