Since 1996, the Dropkick Murphys have been the unofficial house band for the entire city of Boston. Their hit, "Tessie," was written for the Red Sox during their 2004 run to the World Series, when the team ended their 86-year championship "curse," making it a good luck charm for the ball club. One of the band's biggest tracks, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston," has become a staple at sporting events across the city and has found its way on the Boston-set, Oscar-winning film, "The Departed."
With all that in mind, it's no surprise that the hometown-proud Celtic punks would step up to the plate when their city suffered tragedy at the Boston Marathon earlier this year. Through the group's foundation, the Claddagh Fund, $300,000 will be donated to over 60 victims affected by the events on April 15.
The large donation came from a three-pronged "For Boston" campaign, which included a benefit t-shirt, a concert at the House of Blues, and a charity EP that boasted a cameo from Bruce Springsteen, who sang on the track, "Rose Tattoo." The group also made visits to the victims of the tragedy.
"Every single person we had the pleasure of meeting expressed a positive attitude and an incredible sense of perseverance as they work hard to return to the lives they enjoyed before the tragic day in April," said Ken Casey, the founder of the band and the organization. "We were humbled by the kindness of our friends and fans who got behind this cause with so much heart and passion, it was truly an honor to be able to represent them and contribute, even if in a small way, to help these inspirational individuals."
The Claddagh Fund is still receiveing donations via iTunes sales from the charity EP and additional t-shirt sales. The money will be distributed on a need basis and will assist in covering the costs of hospital bills, rehabiliation, and adapative expenses for the victims.