Saturday 24 August 2019

Tuned in at Able Disabled Club

EIGHT members of Wexford charity Able Disabled displayed their hidden musical talents by learning to play a song on the piano within an hour using a learning technique invented by Wexford man Declan Cosgrove.

Using the DecPlay rapid results piano technique, they showed impressive musical ability, which has resulted in weekly group tuition events being established.

'In November, I was invited to play piano to entertain the Able Disabled group and was so touched by their appreciation and joy for music, that the piano sing-a-long session became a weekly event,' said Declan.

'After several weeks, one of their members asked me if I could teach them to play piano and after a few minutes of showing her the DecPlay method, she was playing The Fields of Athenry. I was so impressed with her ability and so the idea of offering the entire group the opportunity to learn to play was born!

With over 60 members in the group, Declan said the biggest challenge was how to give everyone who wanted to play, access to a keyboard.

Local businessman and founders of Health 3.0 Damien Wade and Mark Ralph heard about the initiative and together with pranic healer Bernie Sherrdan, donated the proceeds from a pranic healing event at their gym in Clonard, to buy three keyboards for Able Disabled. The impact was immediate - eight members of the group learnt to play a tune on the first evening the keyboards were unveiled.

The DecPlay piano tuition method is provided free of charge to charities and schools. For more information visit

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