Local music duo Niamh Carney and Philana Nolan, known as Laytha, are hosting a ‘Virtual Blakes of the Hollow Open Mic Night’ with the aim of raising money for an important cause.

The unique online open mic event will be live-streamed this Friday (May 22) via Blakes of the Hollow’s YouTube channel as a fundraiser for Fermanagh Women’s Aid.

Every summer the girls would host their Open Mic Night in Blakes and enjoy bringing together the amazing talent that Fermanagh has to offer.

Given the circumstances we find ourselves in, the girls have decided to keep the tradition going and this time with greater intent. After speaking with the head of Women’s Aid and hearing of their struggles during quarantine, the girls were determined to make this fundraiser happen.

Each year, Fermanagh Women’s Aid support women and children who have experienced Domestic and Sexual Violence.

They offer Refuge Accommodation, tailored one to one support, training and group programmes, so that every aspect of each family is supported in the way that is right for them.

Fermanagh Women’s Aid is currently supporting over 100 families in Co. Fermanagh who are experiencing Domestic Violence in this current health crisis and lockdown.

For these families, staying at home is not safe, but each woman and child is actively safety planning with the support of Fermanagh Women’s Aid.

The organisation is still open and staff are preparing for the expected increase in referrals as the weeks go on.

Support from our community through fundraising events such as these, ensures that Women’s Aid can provide tailored safety and support interventions for women and children at a time when they need it the most.

Domestic and Sexual Violence is a harrowing and horrifying experience, each of us can do something to help women and their children while they are locked in.

Niamh and Philana want you to join them and be part of a wonderful night of music for a great cause, so tune in on Friday night to show your support and give what you can.

Also keep an eye on any of the event organisers’ social media pages to keep up to date with all the latest details regarding the event!