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Bono for AIF gala

By Irish Echo Staff

Bono will be the guest of honor at the American Ireland Fund 35th annual gala dinner in New York this Thursday evening. Proceeds from the event, to be held at The Tent at Lincoln Center, will benefit music programs in Irish schools.

"The American Ireland Fund is pleased to welcome Bono as the special guest. The Ireland Funds and U2 have joined forces to bring musical training to Ireland's children," said the AIF in a statement.

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This is a $10 million project to which U2 have committed $7 million," said the statement.

"Although music is offered as a core subject in Irish schools, the opportunities for children to learn to play a musical instrument are very limited, and the availability of instrumental tuition is among the poorest in the developed world. This project, which has the endorsement of the Irish government will set out to change this, by making affordable music lessons available in urban and rural centers across the entire country."