Raffle Update #1

Greetings! 🙂

I only plan to update about once a week. For those completely uninterested in this raffle: not to worry! Hehe!!
Just wanted to touch base about a couple of items before letting it go for a week or so. I’m thinking I’ll update on Thursdays? Not totally sure yet.
Before I go on, a link to our donation page -just type “raffle” in the memo space to enter-
Hozier 24/7 Supports ISPCC

Lisette asked a GREAT question which I didn’t previously think to cover in the rules.
She asked how long this would run. People can buy chances to win until March 17. I don’t know what time that day I’ll be doing the drawing, so I really don’t recommend entering on the very last day. The 16th or before would be better because I can’t guarantee anything the day of the drawing. As I type this, it is 5:35 pm January 19, if that helps.

57 days until Hozier’s birthday/our raffle drawing!!! 😀

The ball fringe that was stuck in Memphis arrived today! I’m pleased with the looks of it. Still leaving that choice up to the winner.

Karel has been SoooOOOoooo kind to help me keep track of everyone’s “tickets”. (Thank you, Karel!!!) Going to keep that updated here weekly. If anyone has any disputes with it, please don’t hesitate to comment and we’ll iron everything out. I was actually over-counting, and Karel explained to me about the small processing fee. Facepalm! But it didn’t make a big difference. It was just confusing on my end.
Right now, this is where we stand:
20 Clarice Joos 4 Emily Reeves 20 Pat Fleischmann 6 Carolyn Spurrell 4 Deborah Bennett 20 Mary Rogan 40 Karel Obenauf 4 Marion Van Der Steen 8 Lisette Broeken 4 Anonymous 130 total so far.

One or two have contributed since that (thank you!!!) and we’ll be sure to add those in as well.

If there’s anyone who only wants to buy one chance at winning, don’t forget you can certainly do that for $3.00! Maybe you can afford more but are kind of frugal/choosy with your hard earned moulah (like many of us). Whatever the case is, if you would like to win, don’t let the small amount stop you!! 🙂
A chance is a chance and every dime goes to charity. And this is our birthday present, as a group, to Hozier! Emily and I both like to make videos, (she’s better at it lol) so I imagine one of us will make a little vid to rehash the birthday goings-on. If you participate in any part of it, your name will probably show up in the video!

Part of the festivities so far has of course been Rosalba Emmanuel-King’s beautiful Hozier portrait calendars! I am loving mine and I know everyone else is too. Emily will get us all up to speed on that and the redbubble activity, too, when she has time. 🙂

So, since yesterday, $375 (let me back up- I think that’s actually $458 USD) has been contributed to ISPCC from members of Hozier 24/7. That’s at least seven times the amount I believed we would raise through this raffle. You guys are PHENOMENAL!!!!
To date, we have given 1,078.40.

Thank you from the depths of my heart for playing along and also for inviting my first Hozier quilt into your homes.  That’s really an honor and I couldn’t be happier.

Everyone have a great weekend!!! ❤

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Hozier Blanket Raffle to Benefit ISPCC

Guys, I’m so beyond grateful for all the kind things you said about this little project. I was so nervous about posting, and am both relieved and overjoyed that you liked it!! 🙂

As I said before, I so badly want to make one for each and every member of our wonderful group. We are truly ridiculously fortunate to have the sweetest people here. Time and limited resources would prevent me from ever accomplishing that, so this is the best I can do for now. 😦

Obviously, for ISPCC, our love of Hozier/desire to express our appreciation for him on his birthday, and group pride, we want to raise as much money as possible. I gave that a lot of thought and mulled over raffle vs. auction.
Ultimately, it wasn’t all about the most money that could be raised though. We will have every year from here on to do bigger and better fundraisers. We can outdo ourselves every year if we choose to. (By the way, Emily is coordinating for us this year. You can get with her if you’d like to submit something for auction. You can absolutely do it yourself too. Every bit donated through our group’s link is accepted and tremendously appreciated.)
Basically, I realize I probably put more into this project than it’ll raise and I’m okay with that. It ends up most likely partially being somewhat of a gift from me to the winner and that just makes it that much more meaningful to me.
I decided against auctioning it, starting it at the least amount I’d ask.

Instead, it’s going into a raffle!

Rules:

To participate, those interested may buy one chance for 3 euros (don’t worry; the site works out your currency, so it’s not complicated. That’s $3.67 USD.) You would just enter 3 euros in the space.
Or, you can buy four chances for 10 euros. (That’s 12.23 USD.)
It doesn’t matter to me if four people or fifty have participated. On Andrew’s birthday, a winner will be announced! That’s 58 days from today! 🙂 
Important: To enter, please make sure you type “Raffle” in the memo on our everyday hero page when you donate. 
When it’s over, I will collect the names of all participants, then hand them over to a third party to put in an online random name selector. Obviously your name will be entered as many times as you have bought chances.
Here is the link you would use, just click below:
Hozier 24/7 Supports ISPCC

This way, anyone who wants to participate can. I was going to make it 2.50 per chance, but the site has a minimum of 3.
It’s super easy! If you have ever bought anything online, you’ll be able to buy your “ticket”.
100% of proceeds go immediately, directly to ISPCC. Wait, I do think everyday hero takes a very nominal fee, but ISPCC is very much aware and in charge of all interactions. No money will be collected by me or anyone else in the group for this raffle.

I’m going to keep this “group exclusive” to keep it special for just us, if that makes sense. I’m not posting this anywhere outside the group. It’s totally okay with me though if you share to increase your chances of winning, or whatever you want to do.
You have the option of anonymity on the fundraiser page, but please still type “raffle” in the memo. You can privately message me your name, if that’s what you choose.

I’m just rambling here, but you know, I don’t even really believe in fate or predestination or whatever you want to call it. But with this, I think my little quilt will go to the right person. Some of you know I wanted to play Dirty Santa because I couldn’t decide which of my nephews to gift another quilt! (Thankfully, that got settled for me.) For someone who doesn’t believe in fate to be fully confident this will end as it needs to whether it raises 6 euros (I know two of you will play lol!!) or whatever amount… I’m not really sure what that says about me, but because I know it is going to its new home, I’m EXCITED!!! 😀
I don’t care where you are, I will ship it to you. I have a fancy red and black plaid box to put it in, too.

I hope several members will play along!
Here are some specs:
Approximately 51 x 39.5 inches. (More “throw” size. I figured bedspread size might turn some people off. Pros/cons either way I guess.)
Thick, fluffy, and prewashed.
Reversible: Don’t want to fly your Hozier flag, but want to be cozy? Just flip it. 🙂
Buffalo plaid!!!

You know the black ball fringe/pom poms I said I was adding? I’m leaving that up to the winner to decide if they want them or not. Please do NOT say no to make it easier on me, because it can be sewn on in a matter of minutes, I promise. I just want the winner to have their preference. Those aren’t everyone’s style.

If anyone has any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!! Thank you so much for reading. 🙂 ❤
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Hozier Quilt: Finished!

First off, thank you SO much to all of you who had really sweet, encouraging things to say about my little project here! Hozier friends are *the* best kind of friends. ❤

Before I continue, please let me say: this is long. If you skim, I completely understand. Thank you for looking! And as always, your Hozier inspired projects are of great interest to our group. Everyone is welcome to guest author here anytime!

In 2017, I decided (for some reason) to begin learning how to make quilts. I really love it! It’s so much fun, but as with anything when you’re just beginning, I still have a lot to learn. It’s not like I expected though… The “standard” I always looked up to (Hozier content is coming quick, I PROMISE 🙂 ) was my grandmother. I felt her sewing was always really perfect. However, I even appreciate and enjoy the mistakes I’m making, because as our sweet friend (and amazing quilt maker) Marialuisa Comand said: a lot of love goes into a quilt. While you work, you look back on your memories, think about the hands who will receive your handiwork, and you hope it will make them smile/keep them warm.
So, as I was making this, I was reflecting on my memories over the last almost five years, and thinking of all the shows and lyrics.

I want to share that part of the quilt with you. 🙂
You already know about the first square. I shared that with you in the group, and most would easily recognize this official Hozier tee shirt, which came from my very first Hozier concert. That was in Nashville at Exit/In, September, 2014. James Bay was the opening act. Ruby Amanfu was one of Hozier’s backup singers. Completely surreal experience.
26840841_1800124429997804_6668607527899340386_oThe second square I made came from a tee shirt I had made when the group was really young and smaller. Some of us decided it would be a good idea for group meetups and such. Later, we decided to shorten things like this to “H24/7”.  Here is that shirt:
quilt142258_1803517399658507_1298605414_oThe third square I made came from a tee shirt which was used to raise funds for the Birthday Charity we all did for Hozier’s birthday gift in 2016. Those funds went to a great organization called Sweet Relief. Karel, our sweet friend in the group, sweetly sent me this shirt as a gift! You might say, well how/why can you chop it up and put it into a quilt then? That’s just the thing. I feel its life has even greater meaning and longevity this way. Additionally, a little piece of Karel went into the quilt. ❤  Here is that square:
quilt26942258_1803517399658507_1298605414_oThe fourth square was from a whimsical Instagram post of Hozier’s, which I think got many of our imaginations zipping. The apple in this cotton fabric isn’t red, but there again- imagination, right? I know some people who would like to be that wide-eyed princess receiving a poisoned apple from him (he’s the figure on the left, of course, at least we’ll say so). His post and the fabric it inspired me to use:

After these four squares, I mostly focused on song lyrics and concerts.
There was so much greatness to choose from, but right from the start, I knew I wanted to remember the poor fox from “In the Woods Somewhere” and also wanted to bring along a friend for him, one of the foxes from “In a Week,” so you’ll see them appear together on one square.  In my mind, these are separate foxes since in ITWS, the person speaking kills the fox and it’s of course the other way around in In a Week. In this quilt, though, both foxes live happily ever after enjoying each other’s company. We also have the two lovers’ from IAW remains in the tummy of the one fox. Ok, sorry, so sorry- I will quit about that and post some related photos. 😀
(Additionally, you can see in another of Hozier’s Instagram posts that his friend and Little Green Cars member Stevie Appleby took note of the fox tragedy.)
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The foxes are also twinning with Hozier. Throwback to that time at the show in Columbus when someone threw the flower crown onstage and Hozier cutely put it on. (Then all we fans died, but we’re okay now.) If you took this photo and would like to be credited please holler! Leave a note here on this blog, let us know on Twitter, Facebook, wherever. Would be more than happy to credit you for this great photo! flowercrown
This fabric, from Judy Quintero, is appropriately named Floral Fox/Wild One. And without further ado, here is Mr. Fox, all healed, living his best afterlife:
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The inspiration for my next choice of fabric came from a few sources:
In the Woods Somewhere

“When I awoke
The moon still hung
The night so black
That the darkness hums”

“I heard a scream
In the woods somewhere
A woman’s voice
I quickly ran
Into the trees”

Lay Me Down
(Sam Smith cover)
“The days just seem so dark
The moon and the stars
Are nothing without you”

Better Love
“Staring in the blackness at some distant star”
“I have never loved a darker blue
Than the darkness I have known in you, own from you”
“Like fire weeping from a cedar tree”

Sweet Thing
(Van Morrison cover)
“I shall raise my hand up into the night, to the night sky
And count the stars that are shining in your eye
Just to dig it all and not to wonder that would be fine
You said its fine not to read in between the lines”

Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd)
(covered by Trinity Orchestra)
“You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.”
(See that performance here.)

Maybe you will think of other references! Here is the description of that fabric, and a photo. It has metallic accents on the trees, which I love:
“Silver Metallic, Black & Gray Moon & Trees Quilt Fabric, Halloween.
Henry Glass Fabric, Fright Night 1112M, First Blush Studios.
100% cotton yardage. 43/44″ wide.”
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The next fabric (I promise I’m at least halfway to showing you the entire thing) (zip to the end if this is tiresome lol) I mostly picked because of In a Week (corpses and flowers). It could be the remains of the “other man” who hung from a tree in From Eden… but nahh. Maybe the remains of the souls claimed by the lover in Run…
In a Week
“We’ll lay here for years or for hours
Your hand in my hand, so still and discreet
So long, we’d become the flowers”

My Love Will Never Die (cover)
“Flowers
Flowers grow
Where I’m laid
To rest”

Description: 100% quilting cotton by Michael Miller
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How could I leave out all his references to blood? And those who wanted him to record his song by that title… Well, you may not be able to have that, but you can have a quilt with blood! Ok, not the same? 🙂

Just click on the lyrics if you want to see him perform Blood. ❤
Tryin’ hard to recognise Some pure motive inside of me A creature that would horrify Any child that I used to be Oh, give no faith to show Started to smile so I showed my teeth No more than flesh and bone Doin’ so much just to watch someone bleed [Chorus] But I love the very blood of you It keeps its heat in spite of you Oh, the heart that beats To keep you here with me always [Verse 2] Tryin’ hard, I nearly find Innocence in spite of me Oh, creature that would terrify Any child left inside of me Oh, that’s a cold insight Nothin’ above us and nothin’ below Ahh, but you might be right If there is no heaven and there is no soul
I got those from genius. com btw so if mistakes… you know the rest. *wink*

More blood from that fox I’d think:
In the Woods Somewhere
“His bones exposed
His hind was lame
I raised a stone
To end his pain”

Run
“Rare is this love, keep it covered
I need you to run to me, run to me, lover
Run until you feel your lungs bleeding”

Honestly, Cherry Wine was my reason for selecting this fabric. A normal person might choose a wine themed fabric, or a wine color, but me? No.
Also, maybe a vivid visual reminder of Hozier’s efforts to help end domestic violence.

Cherry Wine
“The way she tells me I’m hers and she is mine
Open hand or closed fist would be fine
The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine”

100 % cotton Robert Kaufman (SRK-14727-3 RED from Blood Type) White Background
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Arsonist’s Lullaby lovers, it’s your turn!
This song is an anthem for how many thousands of us Hozier fans who struggle with reigning in our demons? To remind us of The Man’s instructions to always keep ’em on a leash, I have contained some safely here in the quilt. Heehee! 🙂
100% cotton design by Candy Joyce 2014
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The back of the quilt is Antipill Fleece Buffalo Plaid. Oh so soft and cozy!! I had concertgoers on cold/rainy nights in mind when I made this, so I used 80/20 cotton/polyester batting that does not shift or gather. Wrap up in your Hozier blanky and stay warm! 🙂

Oh, I’m planning to somehow lose this quilt to benefit the Irish children’s organization we support: ISPCC.
That is if anyone likes it and thinks they may want me to auction or raffle it off. I’d be thrilled to do that! If not, I will keep it and my Hozier memories will literally keep my tootsies warm. LOL!! (Tootsies mean feet everywhere, right? If not, that could be awkward.) For now, it is neatly folded on my sewing table awaiting final touches: a tad more stitching and string cutting and sewing on of some black ball fringe. (Last I checked, my fringe was stuck in Memphis. Much of the south has been snowed in for a couple of days.)

There’s nothing left but for me to excitedly but humbly present the finished item to you. Remember the words of our friend Marialuisa. So much love. ❤
It’s not one of those immaculate, astonishingly perfect quilts like the Amish make. My sewing basket was made by them, though. I’d auction it instead, but I use it. 😀
I wish I could make one for each and every member. ❤

Thank you for checking out this post! Pop by  anytime to tell us about your arts and crafts. Speaking of art, HAPPY, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Hozier Fan Art and thank you, Lucy for running such a great site over there. ❤

 

Hozier’s Cool Shirt!!! (Laura Lynn House)

Okay, I wasn’t going to write about today. I’ve retweeted and posted until my fingers are about to fall off. You know how some of us get a wee bit excited when Hozier does  a cool thing (and let’s agree, all the things he does are cool things).

BUT…. According to P. Ryan (@RianRyan) on Twitter, kids at the Laura Lynn House (Irish children’s hospice for those just tuning in) actually *made* him this awesome shirt!!! Is it true?
Where can we get one like it, kids?! It’s the best!!!

His beautiful voice is intoxicating and hypnotic every time. Hands down, without a doubt.
This shirt, though, is quite a showstopper!!! 🙂

Also, please enjoy these posts from generous event-goers. They were so great to take the time to record their memories.
https://twitter.com/RianRyan/status/934848703751507969
https://twitter.com/MichellePRey/status/934837144501325824
While you’re at it, make sure you follow Hozier 24/7 on Twitter. We tweet and retweet about all things Hozier related. Tag us so we can retweet you!! 🙂
https://twitter.com/Hozier_24_7

From Laurie Mannix:
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From Daisy McDonald:
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From Lorna Grogan:
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And the fabulous shirt, this photo from Ham Sandwich:
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Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to pass along your compliments to the children on their amazing handiwork, or let us know if you were there for this event. Thanks so much to all who shared on Twitter for us to see! xo

H 24/7 Hosts Shopping for Charity!

Screen Shot 2018-01-10 at 8.20.16 PMShop for all things Hozier 24/7 here to raise money for the ISPCC!! All proceeds will be donated to the ISPCC in Andrew’s name in honor of his birthday!  We have raised nearly $500, but we still have a long way to go!  If you are not in the shopping mood but would still like to give, you can visit our fundraising page and donate as little as €3 by clicking HERE.  Here is Hozier discussing the importance of ISPCC’s Childline:

**We do not offer official Hozier Merchandise.  Visit https://www.hoziershop.com/ for official Hozier Merchandise**

Shop for Hozier 24/7 “Diamond Shaped Logo” T-Shirts, Hoodies, Travel Mugs and much more by clicking HERE.

Shop for Hozier 24/7 “Tall Font Logo” T-Shirts, Hoodies, Travel Mugs and much more by clicking HERE

 

Thank you to everyone for showing your support to the ISPCC!!

Puppies, Hozier 24/7 Birthday Bash, and Sofar Winners <3

Hi everyone!! Hope everyone is well! 🙂

I was just having some thoughts and wanted to pop in to chat with you for a sec.

This will be only a little “non-Hozier” and personal, but I think it may be enjoyable, especially for animal lovers.

First, I want to share with you all (you’re the first to know! I haven’t even told my mother lol. Wait, I did tell my sister) my family has a new addition. Her name is Paisley, and she is a gift from nature. (That means she just showed up or was dropped off here.)
She’s a teensy little girl and is much like having a new baby. My kids are in school so her care falls on yours truly! (Yawn…)

Having said all that, I want to ask your forgiveness if I miss posting any game winners on Twitter or Instagram. I want to really focus hard on training our little girl before Hozier releases new music! I will absolutely require every spare moment I can grab to obsess over his new songs and interviews. And videos!
Being a dog lover himself, I feel like Hozier would even prefer I give a lot of focus to Paisley right now. ❤

Also, many of you know how much Karel has going on, too, so we certainly understand any tweeting she misses as well. As devoted fans, we are fortunate so many of you run top of the line, top quality fan accounts for us all to enjoy during these little lulls. We are ready to go hard though, at the first mention of any news!
If anyone wants to tweet or IG the winners, feel free and we’ll definitely get it retweeted/reposted!
Meanwhile, it is so great seeing the games going on in the group and all the great posts. The winners are always posted there faithfully, thanks to our fabulous hosts.

Here are some picture of Little Paisley for you. 🙂
She is really a sweetheart!

Something else on my mind is the Hozier 24/7 Birthday Project. You know we’ve been keeping a link to donate to ISPCC but will really concentrate on this wonderful organization for Hozier’s birthday next year.
If we have any artists, photographers, or any kind of crafts people who want to be thinking of things you’d like to auction for the “Birthday Bash” we’d be so thrilled to get on board with you and support your efforts.
What could be better? You get the satisfaction of contributing to a great cause (while making our group proud) and also we will spread your name and give you some well deserved publicity. I know we have a lot of great, talented people, so I hope to see some of your items up for auction or sale in January! We’ll be talking about it more closer to time. Just putting this out there early. 🙂

If anyone has been busy, away from internet, or in a coma, lately we have been thrilled by Hozier’s interview on RTE 2 FM. He, of course, revealed he is working on that highly sought-after, in-demand sophomore album and is even at the point of trimming away songs he does NOT want to include. (It’s so close I can almost hear it, guys!!!!) If you missed it, check with us in the group or on Twitter and we can hook you up with that interview.

He supported Artists Repeal (Repeal the 8th). Check out his shredding talent!
*Hozier shreds the 8th*

Lastly, but not least, we received some HUGE excitement as we heard that longtime Hozier 24/7 members Lisette and Sharon won tickets to his Sofar Dublin gig. This is not the last you will hear about this! We are thrilled and absolutely cannot wait to share their fun and excitement. There is sure to be plenty of both. We are with them in spirit every moment. 🙂
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“Hozier to Play Sofar Gig in Dublin for Give a Home”

Thanks for reading!!! Hope everyone is having a ridiculously great week! Just remember, if your winning post isn’t posted outside the group… it’s not you, it’s Paisley! And send me good puppy-nurturing wishes. Haha! Love you guys ❤
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This Week in Hozier 24/7

Hello, everyone! Hope this finds Hozier fans doing fabulously well, wherever you may be.
Let’s talk about some game winners we’ve had this week. Lee Young won host Karel’s Fun Fact Friday with what is, as far as we know, an exclusive to Hozier 24/7 video of Hozier performing with Trinity Orchestra: “My Body is a Cage”. Thank you so much, Lee!!! We thoroughly enjoyed seeing this. It’s obvious why Lee’s winning entry gets top mention here. Exciting for us, right?!
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Juliana Leal Saula won Anastasia’s Scholarly Saturday with her favorite song by Nina Simone, I Put a Spell On You while her co-winner Deborah Ann Bennett was reminded of Bill Withers’ Use Me.

For Juliana’s Sultry Sunday, there were two winners, Cathy and Sharon, with wonderful entries:
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We were excited to see Hozier’s manager, Caroline Downey post on social media about Hozier’s having been featured in Grace Coddington’s new book: Grace: The American Vogue Years. These images of the extraordinary book were seen on Ms. Downey’s Instagram:
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Several fans were excited to go buy their copy! (Please let us know if you ordered and when you receive your book, so we can share your excitement!)
Our longtime friend, member, and art blogger, Lucy posted this neat collage:
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Hozier was seen out and about this week in Dublin by Instagramers Dublin. He was so gracious to do a quick video for them and they were extremely kind to tweet it:
Instagramers Dublin Twitter.

He’s been seen enjoying Longitude BUT HANG ON A SEC, THIS JUST IN: A member is reporting that Hozier just performed a set at Longitude… Stay tuned! I’ll definitely be watching the group for updates on this! You are welcome to join us here: Hozier 24/7. Did he join Mumford and Sons? I don’t know. Just going to hold out for further details! 🙂
This is what we have so far:
https://twitter.com/maryann_stuff/status/886705892405673984

As for group insights… the theme this week seems to be “Trading Places”. Karel and Pat swapped places in our top 9 most active, just as Lima, Peru swapped places with New York, NY in our most active locations. Thank you, Karel, Pat, and Peru! See you again soon, NY! 😉

We have gained twelve members in the last week. Welcome to all of you!

Oh lookie. As I’m speaking to you, member Julia has shared this with us. Buzz.ie reports Hozier did in fact perform. Check it out here!

Next time I get back to you I will make it a point to go more in depth on our group insights. For now, I want to share, in closing, a new thing we are doing in the group for complaints.
When one is received, the person will be asked to fill out a very brief questionnaire, which will be sent to our (new) moderator/file manager, Emily and/or our four moderators, Phil, Pat, Karel, and Marion. Probably all five. This is so that your problem can be solved fairly and quickly.
(By the way, thank you again Emily for stepping aboard!!)

Thanks for reading and for being part of the group!!! You are loved and appreciated, Hozier fans! ❤

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