RTÉ 2FM has announced that the 2FM Xmas Ball in aid of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) has raised over €3m for the charity since the annual concert was launched in 2015. 

Picture This (‎singer Ryan Hennessy, pictured) headlined Friday night's show at the 3Arena

Head of RTÉ 2FM and Radio Strategy, Dan Healy, said: "We are so proud to be a part of this terrific occasion and the fact that over €3 million has been raised to date to help children in need is overwhelming." 

Hudson Taylor

Caroline Downey, President of the ISPCC and producer of the 2FM Xmas Ball, said: "The 2FM Xmas Ball has become firmly established as an unmissable event on the Irish music calendar, but much more than that, it has raised a phenomenal amount of money in recent years in aid of ISPCC.

Aimée and John Gibbons

"The money raised goes toward supporting vital services provided by the ISPCC. It's a special evening, with fantastic Irish music talent, and all for an extremely worthy cause. 

LYRA with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and conductor David Brophy

"Christmas can be a very difficult time for many Irish children, and they need vital support services including Childline, which will benefit from the money raised from the 2FM Xmas Ball again this year."

Thanks Brother

This year's show was held at Dublin's 3Arena on Friday night and raised €520,000 for the ISPCC. The concert was headlined by Picture This and hosted by 2FM's Eoghan McDermott.

Brian Deady

All parties involved provided their services free of charge.  

Gavin James

Also performing on the night were Hudson Taylor, Gavin James, Brian Deady, Aimée, Soulé, LYRA, Thanks Brother and John Gibbons, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra accompanying the acts. 


The Script frontman Danny O'Donoghue was a special guest on the night, joining Picture This onstage for a cover of The Script's hit The Man Who Can't Be Moved

Danny O'Donoghue (right) joins Picture This onstage

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