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Omagh bomb survivor and pianist to perform at Together for Creeslough concert

Claire Bowes appearing on RTÉ's Late Late Show in 2019.
Staff reporter

OMAGH bomb survivor Claire Bowes is joining the line-up at the upcoming 'Together for Creeslough' concert to thank emergency services who worked in the aftermath of last year's fatal blast in Co Donegal.

Ms Bowes, a celebrated pianist, will join a choir of school pupils from the Creeslough area for the concert, which is taking place in Letterkenny on Monday night.

The sold-out star-studded event at the Aura Leisure Centre will remember the 10 people killed in the suspected gas explosion at the Creeslough Applegreen service station last October.

Among those to perform include Belfast's Brian Kennedy and former Westlife singer Brian McFadden.

Claire Bowes, who lost her sight at the age of 15 in the Real IRA bombing of Omagh in 1998, has been added to the line-up of performers.

Ms Bowes, a mother-of-three, is the owner of the Omagh Music Academy.

Concert promoter Joe Gallagher said: "We’re delighted that Claire will be playing on Monday night. Claire has shown great courage and strength after sustaining life-changing injuries in the Omagh Bomb. Our ultimate aim is to give the people of Creeslough and surrounding towns a sense of hope through Monday night’s concert.”

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