25 songs, one memorable cause

THE power of nuclear energy is on many minds these days as power plants in Japan deal with effects of the recent earthquake and tsunami, and one local group is doing its part to ensure that the victims of a nuclear accident 25 years ago are not forgotten.

THE power of nuclear energy is on many minds these days as power plants in Japan deal with effects of the recent earthquake and tsunami, and one local group is doing its part to ensure that the victims of a nuclear accident 25 years ago are not forgotten.

On April 26, 1986, the world’s largest nuclear disaster occurred at Chernobyl in Ukraine. It continues to affect millions of people around the world, most of them children.

And so, on the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl, events are taking place across the globe to raise awareness and funds.

In Kilkenny, “25 Songs for 25 Years” will take place at Set Theatre on April 25, and Paul Noonan, Liam O’Maonlai and Jamie Lawson are among the talented musicians who will grace the Set stage on the night. Other special guests are due to be announced in the coming weeks.

A list of 100 top songs from 1986 has been chosen for the night, and each artist will choose songs from the list to perform. Money raised at the event will go towards the running of a summer camp out in Belarus this August. The camp takes 20 children out of an orphanage for three weeks on rest and recuperation.

Tickets for the Kilkenny event are e25 and are available from Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny 056 7763669. For more about the registered charity Chernobyl Children International, see www.chernobyl-international.com.