Northern Ireland

Snow Patrol donates £10,000 to Joby Murphy sonar fund

Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol which is donating £10,000 to the fund
Image caption Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol which is donating £10,000 to the fund

Chart-topping County Down band Snow Patrol has donated £10,000 to a fund launched after the death of young Belfast man Joby Murphy.

Joby Murphy, 20, went missing after attending a Snow Patrol concert at the Odyssey in January.

After a four-week search of the River Lagan, his body was located by a search team from Cork.

Joby's family is trying to raise £30,000 for sonar equipment which would help to locate missing bodies.

Since Joby's disappearance, his father, Joe Murphy, has also been campaigning for an end to cheap drink promotions .

Speaking to the BBC's Evening Extra programme on Wednesday, Mr Murphy confirmed that the band had contributed £10,000 towards the sonar equipment fund.

He told the programme the band felt very touched by the story which was why they had decided to to donate.

Mr Murphy said there was currently only one sonar unit in use for the whole of Ireland.