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‘More than just a concert’ for Conall

The late Conall McCrory with his friend and country music star Derek Ryan who is one of the top acts performing in a charity concert in his memory on September 6.

FOUR top country stars have banded together to celebrate in song the life and memory of their dear friend, Conall McCrory who passed away last year from a rare form of cancer.

Derek Ryan, Lisa McHugh, Patricia Maguire and Niamh McGlinchey are holding a special ‘Concert for Conall’ on Wednesday, September 6 in the Patrician Hall in Carrickmore. Doors open from 7.30pm.

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Compere on the night will be Pio Cann, and the Ryan Turner Band will be there to support the talented artists on stage.

Conall sadly died last year from rhabdomyosarcoma – a type of soft tissue cancer – at the tender age of 18 after a bravely-fought battle.

He was a past-pupil of the Omagh CBS and St Conor’s PS, where he was regarded as a model student in every respect.

His parents, who miss Conall dearly, are Kieran and Mary McCrory who live in Omagh.

“This is more than just a charity concert,” said Kieran. “The artists who are organising it gave Conall friendship, comfort and support when he was sick.

“Each one of them became very close to him and visited him often. Derek Ryan would have spent hours with him at our house, and Lisa McHugh took him out for dinner.”

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All proceeds from the charity concert are in aid of The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity, part of the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children in Belfast, and Make a Wish.

“When you go through a cancer journey, you come across great organisations,” Kieran explained. “Conall was very sick originally in 2011, and the support that he received from the doctors and nurses in the hospital was incredible. This concert is myself and Mary’s way of giving something back to them, and saying thanks.”

Kieran added, “As Conall was growing up, he became a big fan of the band, The Saturdays. Make a Wish charity organised for him to go see them in concert and meet them in person which just meant the world to him.”

He concluded, “Myself and Mary are looking forward to the concert, and there is a great line-up if you are a fan of country music.

“While there will be a tinge of sadness, Conall will be remembered in a positive and upbeat way.

“With his friends on-stage and in the audience, the night will be a special celebration of Conall’s life and legacy.”

Tickets are £20 each and are on sale now. They can be purchased from Jean’s Country Music Store, Omagh, Carmen Furniture & Giftware, Carrickmore and Sheehy’s, Cookstown and Stewarts, Dungannon.

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