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Can you believe it's been two years since April 28, 2017? 

The day when mass chaos occurred in the Bahamas after Fyre Fest descended into disarray, with musical acts dropping out, no food and water and fake amenities similar to a refugee camp.

Marketed by the industry's most valuable influencers such as Hailey Baldwin and Kendall Jenner as the Coachella of the tropical islands, the festival organisers committed total fraud and lost thousands of dollars.

The upper class scandal led to a Hulu and Netflix documentary, GoFundMe pages set up for all the staff who were duped out of money in their home of the Bahamas, and arrests being made.

Tickets cost thousands of dollars and gained notoriety through the famous 'orange tile' advertising by famous models on Instagram such as Bella Hadid.

Let's just say it DEFINITELY was not what it was advertised, with glamorous rich folks receiving sad pieces of cheese on bread instead of gourmet meals, and had no place to lodge at all in the middle of a deserted island.

The festival organiser, Billy McFarland, 'fully postponed' the event after pretty much everyone had already arrived. Smart.

"After assessing the situation this morning and looking at best options for our guests, we cannot move forward as we hoped we could. At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get all travelers home safely," they quoted at the time.


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Ja Rule, a rapper who befriended Billy McFarland at the time and co-organised the event, assured attendees that Fyre Fest was "not a scam" and that he was heartbroken about the scenario. He faced his share of backlash, deservedly so.

He tweeted;  "I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!" Mmmmhmmm. McFarland was charged with wire fraud and sentenced to six years in prison, where he currently is still serving his time in Otisville

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Where are they now, though? Let's start with good old Billy McFarland.

McFarland is sharing a prison with Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. He was found guilty of defrauding investors of the festival out of a whopping $26 million in November 2018.

He plead guilty to two counts of wire fraud, and faces three years of supervised release when he completes his sentence. The 27-year-old issued an apology to People, saying;

"I am incredibly sorry for my collective actions and will right the wrongs I have delivered to my family, friends, partners, associates and, you, the general public," he said.


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"I've always sought – and dreamed – to accomplish incredible things by pushing the envelope to deliver for a common good, but I made many wrong and immature decisions along the way and I caused agony."

"As a result, I've lived every day in prison with pain, and I will continue to do so until I am able to make up for some of this harm through work and actions that society finds respectable."

The Hulu documentary claims that McFarland is teaching a music entrepreneurship class to fellow inmates of the Otisville Federal Correctional Facility in NYC.

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While the rapper didn't take part in either documentary, he was heavily featured in both. Fair enough, considering he was Fyre's co-founder and worked very closely with McFarland.

The 42-year-old has remained seemingly in the clear since his partner went behind bars, famously defending himself as clueless on social media,

"I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make?" he tweeted.  Nevertheless, he was subjected to multiple lawsuits due to his ties.

Ja Rule has since begun a new investment in an app called ICONN, a "celebrity entertainment book & concierge  service." Hmmm, we feel like we've heard this one before. "It's very different, but it's similar," he admitted.


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Andy King, AKA The Team Player

Bless his wee soul. Poor Andy is now remembered as the key player who attempted to save the doomed festival through using any means necessary.

He quickly became an Internet sensation after the Netflix documentary aired, with McFarland asking him to "take one for the team" and perform oral sex on a customs official so they could get bottled water delivered.

He famously declared that he took a shower, rinsed his mouth with mouthwash and drove across town to do the deed. Thankfully, the situation didn't escalate to sexual coercion, but Andy is still revered nonetheless.


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"I just don't want to necessarily be known as the Blow Job Kind of the world," he said. Well, nowadays he's doing amazingly well considering his reputation. One might even call him a breakout star?

King admitted in a recent Netflix video that he was "completely blown away" (LOL) by the public response to the interview. "I am now a noun, a verb, an adjective…it's mind-blogging." 

The Billy Whisperer admitted to the L.A. Times he hasn't cut his ties with his imprisoned protégé; "No, I'm not done with him. I know- I'm Uncle Whackjob," he said.

"We come from a preppy background. Half my friends have sons his age. I didn't have somebody to mentor me at that age. He's not a horrible guy. He has hurt a lot of people. Will I probably go visit him someday? Yeah, I will probably. And maybe that's the closure I need."

The 57-year-old is still working as an event producer, and aided the start if a GoFundMe to help pay back all of the local Bahamian staff members.

Last but not least; Maryanne Rolle

Rolle was the caterer at the Exuma Point Resort in the tropical islands of the Bahamas, and lost her ENTIRE life savings to feed the staff of the festival.

Of course, anyone who watched the documentary had a huge amount of sympathy for her, and began a GoFundMe campaign to help her out.

It raised over $123,000 dollars and exceeded the goal, with many of the festival organisers offering donations.

Maryanne and her husband, Elvis Rolle, have found the attention highly difficult, and revealed in an interview that she has fallen ill due to the stress, "She can't cope with it all," Elvis told The National. "I hope she feels better soon."

As for the amazing GoFundMe campaign, he said, ""It means everything, it means we get something back from everything we put in. It is like God is watching over us."

So there you have it. Most of them are still embroiled in the law, but at least Maryanne got her savings back? We wish her well.

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A GoFundMe campaign has been set up this morning in memory of Lyra McKee, the investigative journalist that was shot dead in a terrorist incident on the streets of Derry last night.

The campaign has been set up by a friend of Lyra's and all of the money raised will go to the family of Lyra McKee for funeral expenses and to decide on her legacy.

Over £15,000 has been raised so far.

You can donate by clicking here.

It has been reported that a gunman shot Lyra in the head as she attempted to cover riots on the Creggan area of the city.

Close friend of Lyra McKee, Matthew Hughes expressed his devastation at the loss of his dear friend.

“She was one of my closest friends. She was my mentor. She was a groomswoman at my wedding. I can't imagine life without her, and yet now I must. I'm devastated.”

Sinéad Gleeson added: “It’s utterly senseless and such a waste. Lyra, at 29, was a blazing comet; fearless and full of integrity (and mischief, it has to be said). Heartbroken for her family and friends, and for all the challenging and brilliant work we will never get to see. Thank you @LyraMcKee.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Lyra McKee. She will forever be remembered for her powerful words and determined heart.



A GoFundMe campaign that is blowing up with over €200k raised for former Cork footballer Kieran O’Connor. 

The campaign has been set up to help him and his family with current living and future medical expenses to beat Ewing’s Sarcoma Cancer.

Kieran was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, which is a rare form of bone cancer. 

In the summer, Kieran went through aggressive chemotherapy for 3-4 months to shrink the tumour enough so that the surgeons could go ahead with his operation. 

The surgeon operated on the tumour and shaved off 110mm of bone and attached ligament as part of the repair.

Over the last few months, the 39-year-old was suffering from persistent pains in his leg and the wound was not healing fully.

In January 2019 he had to have another serious operation and his lower leg was amputated.

Kieran’s local club Aghada GAA Club have also set up a 5KM walk as a fundraiser along the scenic Rostellan Peoples Path. 

While trying to recover from the amputation, he started experiencing bad back pains, and last week his family were all devastated to find out that his cancer had spread.

Kieran is a fighter, he is back on chemo treatment this week battling Ewing’s Sarcoma for the third time in 18 months.

Kieran’s friends have set up this campaign as funds are needed to help Kieran with all aspects on further treatment and care, as well as potential prosthetic costs following his lower leg amputation and to help support his family.

If you can help at all click here and donate what you can. 



Ireland has a long history of babies being sadly separated from their birth mothers.

For Colleen Anderson, this is exactly what happened.

When she was just three years old, Colleen was taken from her mother by the church and put on a plane headed for Chicago to meet her new family.

Now 52-years-old, Colleen is desperate to be reunited with the family she never knew.

She has set up a Go Fund Me campaign to raise $1,500 so that she can come back to Ireland to meet her family and stay here. 

She was born August 4th, 1965, at Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea to a 16-year-old victim of rape, Josephine O'Brien.

Josephine was dealt the same fate as many other girls in the 1950's who found themselves pregnant and unmarried.

Anderson said, ''the way she was treated was a source of shame her entire life."

Sister Hildegarde McNulty arranged for the 3-year-old Colleen to go to McNulty's niece, Margaret, in north suburban Niles.

Her adoptive mother suffered from mental illness, and Colleen ''left home as soon as I was able."

Colleen did locate her birth mother in 1998 and flew to Dublin, but the meeting didn't go well. 

Her mother had gone on to have four other children and had, according to Colleen buried this piece of her past. 

Josephine passed away in 2009 and her  husband, Aidan, told his children about their unknown stepsister in America.

Today, Colleen is close to her half brother, Myles, and will visit him in his home in Florida this month.

Colleen explains on her GoFundme page that she is looking to renew her Irish passport, her green card, buy a plane ticket, and raise spare funds for living expenses. 

''I want to go home,'' she writes.

Hopefully, this might help her make that dream a reality. 


Kylie Jenner graced the cover of Forbed this week, for their issue on America's female billionaires.

Described as the youngest self-made billionaire in history, it's the cool $900 million she has made from her company Kylie Cosmetics that earned her the recognition of Forbes.

However, some fans simply can't live in a world where Kylie Jenner is not yet a billionaire. 


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Comedy page The Fat Jewish posted to their 10.5 million followers proclaiming that Kylie Jenner had to become a billionaire ASAP.

The page shared a GoFund Me aiming to raise a million dollars to donate to the youngest Kardashian-Jenner.

'Kylie Jenner was on the cover of Forbes Magazine today for having a net worth of 900 million dollars, which is heartbreaking,' reads the description.


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'I don't want to live in a world where Kylie Jenner doesn't have a billion dollars.'


The GoFund Me is obviously a parody, but it has already raised over €2,000. 

People are none too impressed with the premise of the fundraiser, with some expressing that they wished the money raised could go to charity. 



A GoFundMe page has raised over €385,000 in 24 hours for the family of Jastine Valdez.

The fundraiser was set-up by Outreach Ireland and they exceeded their €10,000 target.

The group works with the Filipino community in Ireland and all the funds will assist Jastine's parents.

The figure of €85,000 is set to increase with all the generous donations.

In the GoFundMe description said:

"Jastine Valdez was an only child taken from her parents at the age of 24 in the most unimaginable circumstance. Born in the Philippines she came to Ireland to study and to join her parents who are now naturalised Irish citizens. Both parents work and are active in the community."

"This page was set up to facilitate all of those who wish to offer support and sympathy to the family of Jastine Valdez following her devastating death."

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The statement also added about how the funds would be used. 

Additionally, all donations would be audited and verified by a solicitor. 

"Any and all funds raised on this page will go directly to the parents of Jastine Valdez to help them in the weeks and months ahead."

"The transfer and oversight of the funds to the Valdez family will be documented and made public. A Dublin based solicitor has offered to oversee and audit (pro bono) the account and will verify all funds are paid directly to the Valdez family."

The 24-year-old was abducted by 40-year-old Mark Hennessy. 

A Gardai investigation recovered her body on Monday afternoon.

Mr Hennessy was fatally injured by Gardai on Sunday.

Jastine's parents Danillo and Teresita moved to Ireland in 1985 from the province of Nueva Vizcaya.

Teresita worked as a housekeeper, whilst her husband took a job in gardening.

Upon moving to Enniskerry, Danillo found a job in maintenance close by to the Powerscourt estate.

Meanwhile, Teresita manages a house in connection with the estate.

Speaking to the Irish Independent her friend Katrina Mamuric, described Jastine as caring and loving.

 “We used to live in the same hometown and we know the family really well.'

“She’s very loving, caring, just genuinely very nice,' she said at a vigil held in Bray.

“We’ve known each other since we were kids.'

“She was looking forward to having a better life in Ireland,” she added. 

A vigil was held in Bray in memory of Jastine, and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel organised a service for the 24-year-old on Monday. 



6-year-old Lucy from Co. Wicklow was sadly diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour earlier this month. 

To show support for both Lucy and her family, Grainne Flavin set up Lucy Lou's Dreams, a GoFundMe page with a target of €10,000.

Money donated will go towards helping the young girl complete her bucket list.

So far an incredible €23,000 has been raised – far surpassing the original target. 

Nicola Hatton McGill shared the GoFundMe link on the Greystones Open Forum, writing:  

"It is with a heavy heart that I post this message asking for support for this beautiful little girl. Lucy is a 6 year old child from Greystones who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Her parents, family and friends are devastated by this diagnosis and need support. Lucy has a bucket list and we are asking the community to help her get through as much as possible of it. Please donate to her Gofundme campaign, any amount is greatly appreciated. Let's pull together and show Lucy and her family we are behind them."

Grateful for the donations and words of comfort, Lucy's parents, Catherine and Marc, said they are overwhelmed by the generosity of people.

"We want to thank each and every one of you for your generous donations. The support is overwhelming and is helping us through this nightmare.

"Even more so, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for thinking and praying for Lucy….all we really want is positive vibes, thoughts and prayers for our beautiful fun loving full of life princess Lucy."

If you are in a position to donate, you can do so here.



Juli Briskman may have lost the support of her employers after making a lewd gesture as she cycled past President Trump's motorcade in recent weeks, but the same certainly can't be said of the general public.

In the wake of Juli's dismissal from government contracting firm, Akima LLC,  a member of the public named Rob Mello established a GoFundMe page entitled 'Thank You Juli Briskman' which has raised almost $60,000 in just six days.

"Juli Briskman is an inspiration to us all," Rob wrote as part of his introduction to the fundraising page. 

"This week we learned that she was fired from her employer for exercising her first amendment rights. You can show your support by donating here."

"I have connected with Juli and she has been officially setup as the beneficiary on this GoFundMe campaign. All proceeds are being donated directly to Juli."

"As the campaign beneficiary, she will be able to post updates and comments, so stay tuned!"

Juli's dismissal came after she chose to share the motorcade image on her social media pages in the days that followed her encounter with the President of the United States.

Speaking to The Huffington Post, Julie explained the circumstances surrounding her dismissal, saying: "Basically, you cannot have 'lewd' or 'obscene' things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off 'obscene.'"

Speaking to The Washinton Post, Juli insists that she does not regret her decision despite it costing her her job.

"I flipped off the motorcade a number of times," she admitted before adding: "I'd do it again."


Every year on October 3, die-hard Mean Girls fans pay tribute to a particular scene in the iconic teen movie by reminding everyone on social media of the date.

And this year, the cast themselves decided to use the ongoing interest in the 2004 film to raise money for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting last weekend.

In footage which was uploaded to YouTube, key members of the cast, including Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Bennet and Daniel Franzese, referenced some of the most memorable lines in the film before explaining how a simple donation would make a huge difference to those affected by the Las Vegas massacre.

After establishing a GoFundMe page, the cast asked fans to donate as little as $3 in order to amass a goal total of $300,000.

"Guys look, we know fetch is never going to happen, but we can make ths happen," our beloved Gretchen told those watching.

Take a look at this.




The university town of Maynooth was left stunned this week after a first year Arts student was brutally assaulted in a quiet residential area just minutes after alighting a bus in the town centre.

18-year-old Kym Owens from Castleblayney sustained serious injuries during the attack which took place shortly after 8pm last Sunday evening in the town's Moyglare Abbey estate.

Reacting to the news of the young woman's assault, Ian Marten from Dublin established a gofundme page in order to help Kym and her family during the teen's recovery process.

And it has, thus far, quadrupled its goal, having reached €4,195 in just three days.

Commenting on his decision to reach out to Kym and her family, Iam explained: "I work in Maynooth as a carpenter and I see so many students here."

"I have a wee girl myself, she's 12. I just felt so bad for her and it was an absolutely horrible thing that happened."

Ian, who states he is no relation to Kym on the fundraising page, simply felt he needed to help in some way, saying: "I lost everything two years ago, I had depression and all the rest of it, so I know what it's like when it's hard."

"That's all it was, just an act of kindness in the sh***y world we live in," he said.

Like countless others, Ian was stunned by the random attack last weekend, and wanted to provide an outlet for people to help the Owen family if they felt inclined.

"I don't even know the girl or her family. Up until this morning I didn't even know her name," he said. "I think this just struck a chord with everybody."

Members of the public have the option of leaving a message alongside their donation, with some taking the opportunity to share their thoughts with the family.

"It's a disgrace that one human can do this to another," wrote one. "I hope you make a full recovery, find out who's responsible and also be able move on with your life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."

Kym is currently receiving medical treatment in Blanchardstown Hospital.


"I had never even heard the word 'Lyme,'" Denise Ryan says of life before her diagnosis.

The 31-year old Dubliner was living and working in Canada when she first started noticing some strange symptoms around four years ago.

"I was throwing up all day, I couldn't see properly, I was confused and had heart palpitations," she says.

Lyme Disease, which is contracted from a tick bite, has gained a lot of press over the last 12 months as celebrities like Avril Lavigne and Yolanda Foster share their stories, but back in 2011 and 2012, it wasn't quite so well-known.

As it took so long for Denise's illness to be diagnosed, she has been left with a number of life-threatening issues, from pneumonia, gastroparesis, Lyme arthritis, severe osteoporosis and muscle wasting to many bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.

Last summer Denise successfully travelled to Seattle for three months to undergo treatment from specialist doctors there, after raising tens of thousands through her first crowdfunding campaign, 3,000 Tenners. However far more treatment and time is needed for Denise to really get the help she needs. 

"I'm so weak after being sick for so long that my immune system is completely disabled and a lot of opportunistic infections have developed so I'll need a long time of very intensive care and monitoring," she explains.

If you want to help Denise, you can donate via her second campaign page, 10,000 Tenners

"Looking at it like needing 10,000 tenners (€10/$10/£10) makes it seem a little more possible," she says.

You can also help to raise funds by supporting Denise on Etsy, where she's selling this undeniably brilliant Pat Mustard tee:

Pat Mustard on a t-shirt AND it's for a great cause… who can say no to that?