Final preparations ahead of big night

FINAL preparations are being made as thousands prepare to attend the ‘Together for Creeslough’ concert in the Aura Leisure Centre tonight.

The concert, which is a sold-out event, is in aid of the Creeslough tragedy where ten people lost their lives in an explosion at an Applegreen Service Station on the afternoon of Friday, October 7, 2022.

The highly anticipated show will see a star studded line-up travel to Letterkenny for the concert which sold out within twelve hours.


With doors set to open at 7 pm, the concert will feature some of the biggest names in Irish music, including Brian McFadden, Keith Duffy, Brian Kennedy, Mickey Joe Harte, Lisa McHugh, The Whistling Donkeys and many more.

Speaking ahead of the concert, event organiser, Joe Gallagher said the idea for the one-off event came about during a conversation with Irish pop star, Brian McFadden, whose father, Brendan, is a native of Creeslough.

“Brian and I got chatting the day after the Creeslough tragedy and the event has taken a life of its own since. It’s great to be at the stage where final preparations are being put in place. We’re delighted to be involved and are looking forward to an extremely successful night,” he said.

The artists, who are all good friends of Joe’s, jumped at the opportunity to get involved.

“It’s going to be a night to remember, and we hope that everyone who is coming along will look back on the concert in years to come with fondness. It’s unfortunate that it takes a tragedy to bring everyone together, but we didn’t want the opportunity to pass without doing something for the people of Creeslough and those that helped them in their hour of need,” he added.

Renowned pianist, Claire Bowes (nee Gallagher) who lost her sight in the Omagh bomb atrocity 25 years ago, will accompany the children’s choir that will be made up of pupils from the local schools.

Joe said he is delighted Claire is joining tonight’s line-up.


“Claire has shown great courage and strength after sustaining life-changing injuries in the Omagh bomb in 1998. Our ultimate aim is to give the people of Creeslough and surrounding towns a sense of hope through tonight’s concert,” he said. Doors will open at the Aura Leisure Centre tonight at 7 pm and the concert will get underway at 8 pm.

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