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Monday 14 October 2019

Funds raised for Pieta

Organisers and participants in the ASK Christmas Concert in the National Opera House present a cheque of €1590.00 to Pieta House (from left): Sharon Pettit, Ian Doyle, Cllr Frank Staples, Liam Bates, Pauline Lawlor (Pieta House) and Leo Staples
Organisers and participants in the ASK Christmas Concert in the National Opera House present a cheque of €1590.00 to Pieta House (from left): Sharon Pettit, Ian Doyle, Cllr Frank Staples, Liam Bates, Pauline Lawlor (Pieta House) and Leo Staples

A concept for a short film was the inspiration for a Christmas concert which has ended up raising €1590 for Pieta House.

The brainchild of Jonathan Murphy and local musician Leo Staples, 'What Becomes..' is a film which discusses inner conflict and the struggle of emotional upheaval.

Upon its completion the pair decided to screen it at the National Opera House, and from there it snowballed into what became the first ASK Christmas Concert.

Having consulted with his father, local councillor and founder of ASK, Frank Staples, Leo set about putting together a roster of acts for the big night.

'We asked people if they wanted to appear and it quickly took on a life of its own. We were taken aback by how people responded, many went above and beyond what we'd expected,' he said.

Featuring performances from The Ocelots, Basciville and The Man Whom and orchestral arrangements written and directed by Liam Bates and performed by his orchestra, the night proved a major success with the sell-out crowd ensuring some much-needed funds were raised for Pieta House.

And plans are already in motion for this year's event.

'We're currently organising it, we're going to be moving into the bigger room for this year's concert. It's shaping up to be another special night, said Leo.

Wexford People

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