Sunday 4 December 2016

Musical royalty wow crowd in aid of Haiti charity

Sam Griffin

Published 29/10/2015 | 02:30

Johnny Logan, Rebecca Storm, Brian Kennedy and Charlie McGettigan at the Irish Jukebox Heroes concert at the National Concert Hall in Dublin Photo: Arthur Carron
Johnny Logan, Rebecca Storm, Brian Kennedy and Charlie McGettigan at the Irish Jukebox Heroes concert at the National Concert Hall in Dublin Photo: Arthur Carron
Ian Hyland, of Haven, with his daughter Lucy. Photo:Arthur Carron

An abundance of Irish music stars, national treasures - and no shortage of Eurovision winners and performers - wowed the crowd at the National Concert Hall last night at a special charity event in aid of victims of the Haiti earthquake.

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Musical royalty including Johnny Logan, Charlie McGettigan and Rebecca Storm were among those on hand at the annual Haiti concert, organised by Haven.

The evening of music, called 'Paul Harrington's Irish Jukebox Heroes', was arranged by the former Eurovision winner. He was on hand to support a number of performances over the night with assistance from the Dublin Gospel Choir.

Harrington said he was "honoured" to be hosting the event because of the work Haven does in the "most challenging of circumstances to help some of the world's poorest people".

He thanked Independent News and Media for supporting the event.

Brian Kennedy kicked off the night with a touching version of 'You Raise Me Up' before the High Kings took to the stage. All proceeds from the concert go towards supporting Haven in Haiti, which works to restore adequate water and sanitation facilities in the country, which was devastated by the earthquake in 2010.

The charity's founders, Leslie and Carmel Buckley, were unable to attend but said the support "ensures our work in Haiti continues at the extraordinary pace which we have set ourselves".

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