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Noah Donohoe: Concert with Boyzlife planned in memory of schoolboy in year he would have turned 18

Fiona Donohoe with her son Noah
Fiona Donohoe with her son Noah Fiona Donohoe with her son Noah

A concert has been organised in memory of Belfast schoolboy Noah Donohoe, who was found dead in a storm drain in June 2020, six days after he went missing.

The 14-year-old schoolboy's death is subject to an inquest with a review into his disappearance and death due to take place on Wednesday September 27.

Organisers say the Concert4Noah - which will take place at Custom House Square on May 24 next year - has been planned to mark what would have been Noah's 18th year.

Included in the line-up is 'Boyzlife', a band made up of Westlife superstar Brian McFadden and Boyzone’s Keith Duffy.

A spokesperson for the event said: "We’re organising this event in memory of Noah in the year that he would’ve turned 18, to pay tribute to his short but remarkable life and to keep his name alive.

"All ticket profits will go to the Noah Donohoe fund to help his family get the answers they need."

A CCTV image of Noah Donohoe taken on the day he was reported missing
A CCTV image of Noah Donohoe taken on the day he was reported missing A CCTV image of Noah Donohoe taken on the day he was reported missing

The St Malachy's College schoolboy went missing after he left his home on Fitzroy Avenue in the south of the city to meet up with his friends at Cave Hill country park.

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After an extensive search operation, his body was found six days later in a storm drain in north Belfast wearing few clothes and with none of his belongings. A postmortem determined he had drowned.

Sinn Fein MP John Finucane at a protest rally in support of the Noah Donohoe campaign. Picture by Mal McCann.
Sinn Fein MP John Finucane at a protest rally in support of the Noah Donohoe campaign. Picture by Mal McCann. Sinn Fein MP John Finucane at a protest rally in support of the Noah Donohoe campaign. Picture by Mal McCann.

His mother, Fiona Donohoe, is leading a campaign for answers to questions she has surrounding her son’s disappearance and death.

A number of items of clothing and belongings, including his laptop and rucksack, were missing when Noah's body was found and his family do not know why he entered the drain in the first place.

Noah's family has set up the Noah Donohoe Foundation to support children across Northern Ireland.

Pacemaker Press 13/08/22.Noah�s Mother Fiona during a rally at Belfast City Hall against the granting of a Public Interest Immunity Certificate in the case of Noah Donohoe..The 14 year old went missing in June 2020 and his body was discovered in a storm drain six days later..Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press 13/08/22.Noah�s Mother Fiona during a rally at Belfast City Hall against the granting of a Public Interest Immunity Certificate in the case of Noah Donohoe..The 14 year old went missing in June 2020 and his body was discovered in a storm Pacemaker Press 13/08/22.Noah�s Mother Fiona during a rally at Belfast City Hall against the granting of a Public Interest Immunity Certificate in the case of Noah Donohoe..The 14 year old went missing in June 2020 and his body was discovered in a storm drain six days later..Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.

Ms Donohoe continues to campaign for answers about her son's disappearance.

Investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre has led a campaign which raised £179,023 via crowdfunding to conduct further investigation into Noah's disappearance and death, which is set to be made into a documentary.

The concert will also feature performances from ex-Eurovision contestant Brian Kennedy, Jake Carter, ITV's The Voice Kids Belfast contestant Jarlaith Mervyn, U105 DJ Johnny Hero, local band Who Owns Ye and tribute acts to Cher, Freddie Mercury, Adele and Fleetwood Mac.

Tickets are priced from £27.50 and will go on sale at 9am on Friday, September 29.