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Professor Green visits South Dublin as part of First Fortnight Festival

Professor Green visits South Dublin as part of First Fortnight Festival

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Rapper discusses mental health issues with young people.

 

As part of the First Fortnight Festival acclaimed musician and mental health advocate Professor Green visited South Dublin County for a special event to meet and speak with local mental health and community leaders, as well as taking some time to meet and speak in depth with some young people from the area who are advocating for better approaches and attitudes to mental health.

The event, which was part of the First Fortnight European Mental Health Art and Culture Festival, was hosted by Deputy Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Councillor Cathal King at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday 19 January. The event included speeches from Mary McLoughlin of HOPE Suicide Prevention Drop In Centre in Tallaght, Jeff O’Toole of Jobstown Safetalk Programme and Old Bawn native J.P. Swaine, co-founder of First Fortnight with performances from local singer / songwriter Justin Casey and poet Stephan James Smith who is from Kingswood.

During his opening comments Deputy Mayor King explained that the main purpose of the event was to bring local groups together to make connections and to learn from each other’s experiences with a view to improving the positive mental health of our entire community through leadership. “Part of today’s event is an effort to break the social stigma and ensure that our community feel they belong, that there is always a listening ear, and a helpful hand nearby”, he said.

Stephen Paul Manderson, better known by his stage name Professor Green or simply Pro Green, is a British rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and television personality from London. He is the co-host of Lip Sync Battle UK on Channel 5 with a significant presence on BBC Three and increasingly on Channel 4. Stephen is an advocate for several campaigns on mental health including depression, male suicide, poverty, working-class white men and other challenges facing the vulnerable in society.  In November 2016 Professor Green received the MIND Making a Difference National Award rewarding his dedication to campaigning about men’s mental health through his documentaries, music, autobiography and media work.

The event offered community leaders and young people a unique opportunity to hear an informed perspective on youth and community mental health in the UK and connect with each other on plans and hopes regarding the issues associated with mental health in 2019.

 

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For more information, contact South Dublin County Council Communications Unit at communications@sdublincoco.ie

 

IMAGE 1 –Professor Green and Deputy Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr Cathal King at the First Fortnight Festival event in Tallaght Stadium

IMAGE 2 – Deputy Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr Cathal King welcomes Professor Green and JP Swaine on stage at the First Fortnight Festival event.

IMAGE 3 - Professor Green spends some time sitting and chatting with young people from Jigsaw at the First Fortnight Festival event in Tallaght Stadium

 

About South Dublin County Council

South Dublin County is one of four local authority areas in the Dublin region.

South Dublin County Council provides and funds a broad range of services including housing, roads, walking and cycling routes, parks and playgrounds, libraries, sports facilities, litter control, arts centres, enterprise units, fire services, community infrastructure and financial supports. It also serves as a platform for local democracy with 40 councillors spread across six electoral areas.

Bounded by the River Liffey to the North and the Dublin Mountains to the South, the County lies 16 kilometres south-west of Dublin city centre and has an administrative footprint of 223sq. kilometres. The County has nine main villages Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Templeogue, Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle and is bounded by adjoining counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin City, Fingal and Dún Laoghaire.

 

About First Fortnight

First Fortnight is a mental health charity, which runs an annual arts festival. 2019 saw a unique edition of the First Fortnight festival where they secured the right to host the Europe’s Mental Health festival in Ireland. The festival showcased the vibrancy and diversity of modern Ireland with an emphasis on the European community.

 

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  • IMAGE 1 –Professor Green and Deputy Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr Cathal King at the First Fortnight Festival event in Tallaght Stadium
    IMAGE 1 –Professor Green and Deputy Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr Cathal King at the First Fortnight Festival event in Tallaght Stadium
  • IMAGE 2 – Deputy Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr Cathal King welcomes Professor Green and JP Swaine on stage at the First Fortnight Festival event.
    IMAGE 2 – Deputy Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr Cathal King welcomes Professor Green and JP Swaine on stage at the First Fortnight Festival event.
  • IMAGE 3  - Professor Green spends some time sitting and chatting with young people from Jigsaw at the First Fortnight Festival event in Tallaght Stadium
    IMAGE 3 - Professor Green spends some time sitting and chatting with young people from Jigsaw at the First Fortnight Festival event in Tallaght Stadium

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