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  Westlife to play exclusive school concert
Updated 26 December 2001, 15.14

Boyband Westlife are to swap huge arenas for a more intimate performance when they play in front of just 50 schoolchildren in Ireland.

St Killian's School in Cork will be able to boast an exclusive concert by the chart-topping band after winning a charity competition.

Around 1,500 schools entered the Pennies from Heaven competition, which has so far raised over £3.9m (IR£5m) for charities.

Spare coins needed

Children were asked to donate any spare Irish coins they had ahead of January 1, when Ireland swaps punts for the Euro.

The names of the 1,500 schools that hoped to have Westlife play for them were put into a hat and the winner was drawn out on Ireland's Den TV.

Some of the charities to benefit from the money raised are Barnardo's, Concern, Focus Ireland, Irish Cancer Society, the Irish Heart Foundation, the ISPCC and the Simon Community.y.


 
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