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Sean Lawlor Artists Trust to Launch this Weekend
08 Oct 2010 :
Sean Lawlor
In honour of the late Irish actor, Sean Lawlor, an artists trust will be held on Sunday, October 10th with a gala evening event. The Sean Lawlor Artists Trust was established to support Irish based professional artists diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Sean passed away on October 10th 2009 after a short battle with cancer. IFTN discussed the upcoming event with his long time friend and co-star, Declan Joyce.
Actor and playwright, Sean was best known for his portrayal of Malcolm Wallace in Mel Gibson's Oscar-winning epic, ‘Braveheart’. He also appeared in James Cameron's ‘Titanic’ and Jim Sheridan's ‘In the Name of the Father’ along with many other significant Film, TV & Theatre roles. Following his cancer diagnosis, Sean made a speech at a golf club to raise money for his treatment, which is available to view on You Tube. The Sean Lawlor Foundation was inspired by Sean and the speech he made.

The function of the Trust will be to raise money for artists who are sick and in need of care and attention. The trust’s board is made up of seven members: Irish Equity president, Pádraig Murray; ‘The Escapist’ actor, Dave Duffy; ‘Glenroe’ actor, Paul Bennet; Sean’s brother, Eric Lawlor; ‘Kings’ writer Jimmy Murphy; ‘The General’ actor, Frank Melia and ‘The Abduction Club’ actress, Liz Lloyd. From October onwards the board will be reviewing cases for funding.

The Sean Lawlor Artists Trust will be launched at the gala evening event on Sunday, October 10th. The event will kick-off with a concert, which will include acts such as Finbar Furey, The Transformation Blues Band and The Beer Mats. The Gala Evening will see many of Ireland’s recognised performing artists in attendance supporting this wonderful cause as a tribute to Sean who was a great friend and colleague to many.

Actor Declan Joyce will also be in attendance. He starred in five feature films with Sean, including the actor’s final project, ‘Now Here’ a film still in post-production. “Sean really had a lot of faith in the movie,” he says. "Unfortunately the film is not yet finished. We are not sure when it will be complete. Although the Lawlor family knew this beforehand, they still encouraged me to come. I am most grateful, too see what's happening. Eric decided to start up the trust and here we are!”

Declan is not hesitant in describing the importance of this event for him personally: “This is about remembering Sean,” he tells us. “I’m the only actor to have acted in five movies with Sean. He was one of my best friends and I’m humbled to be here really, to celebrate him.”

The actor also explained that the gala tribute is not a standalone event, rather the start of something very important: “This charity is such an important step for Ireland. And what I mean by that is that it really lends itself to the ancient saying that civilizations diminish when we lose the arts. ”

Another of Sean’s former co-stars, Mel Gibson recently sent a message to the gala’s organisers which will be shown in its entirety on the night of the gala event. A teaser of this message sees the ‘Braveheart’ actor commenting that: “The establishment of the Sean Lawlor Artist’s Trust is a great way to remember Sean and as well as helping artists in a difficult time in their lives.”

The Sean Lawlor Artists’ Trust Gala Evening will take place in Dublin’s Liberty Hall on Sunday, October 10th from 7.00pm onwards. Tickets are priced at €35 and there are a limited number of tickets still available. For more booking information call 085 109 3422 or email Eric at eric.cablecommunications@gmail.com

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