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"The event raised money for a new community house in Omagh"
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Wednesday, 20 September, 2000, 09:33 GMT 10:33 UK
Musical premiere boosts Omagh fund
Over 200 were injured and 29 killed in the bombing
Over 200 were injured and 29 killed in the bombing
A sum of 100,000 has been raised for relatives of those killed in the Omagh bomb by the charity premiere of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the Troubles.

Survivors of the 1998 bombing by the Real IRA, which left 29 people dead and hundreds of injured, joined stars of stage and screen at a charity performance of The Beautiful Game on Tuesday night.

The musical is based on the story of a Belfast soccer club which attracted members from both sides of the sectarian divide.

The charity premiere was organised by the Ireland Fund for Great Britain.

Donna Marie McGillion, who suffered serious injuries in the blast, accepted the cheque which will go towards the building of a Community House in the County Tyrone town.

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Musical is about needless destructions caused by conflicts
The facility will be used by the relatives of those killed and the many people who were badly injured in the bombing.

Donna Marie was joined on stage for the presentation of the cheque, by Lord Lloyd Webber and comedian Ben Elton who wrote the lyrics to the show.

"The core of this building will bring together those who are at the very heart of our community and can carry forth the mantle of Omagh as a community rebuilding and starting anew."

Lord Lloyd-Webber said the musical had a universal theme despite the Northern Ireland backdrop.

"Our piece is really about the whole question of these conflicts and it's not so much about Northern Ireland as the whole needless destruction of young people's lives around the world," he said.

"So in that sense we hope it's a universal message but obviously tonight is very specific - it's the Ireland Fund and we know they've raised 100,000 for Omagh - it's marvellous."

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