Newly discovered note by Sophie Toscan du Plantier to be presented at the concert commemorating the murdered filmmaker

A newly discovered note written by murder victim Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Ireland will be presented at a concert in her memory on Friday.

The French filmmaker was killed outside her holiday home in Toormore near Schull, Co Cork in December 1996.

Now her brother, Bertrand Bouniol, has found a note she wrote and signed when she was living in Ireland.

Written in French and dated ‘Ireland, January 1996’, the note reads: ‘Death seals very old ties and brings the departed into an even greater human community.

“They are the ones we remember and who never leave us.” It is signed with her maiden name Sophie Bouniol.

It will be printed in the program of the “Remember Me” concert on Friday in Schull on the occasion of Mrs Toscan du Plantier’s 65th birthday this year.

The sold out concert at the Harbor View Hotel features a selection of Sophie’s favorite music performed by local and national musicians and is organized on a not for profit basis by the local community.

“Bertrand sent this message in the last few days and I found it an exceptional document. It kind of applies to our concert,” said organizer Bill Hogan, a retired cheesemaker who knew Ms. Toscan du Plantier well.

“Bertrand went through her papers and said to me, ‘Look what I found.’ He sent it to me right away and said it might be relevant to Remember Me.”

“I was in touch with him again today and it relates to the death of her grandfather who passed away at the time. It still seems hauntingly meaningful today.”

Mrs Toscan du Plantier’s ailing son, Pierre-Louis Baudey, will send a message to the audience, as will her elderly parents.

Mrs. Toscan du Plantier’s aunt also withdrew from the special commemoration for health reasons. Marie-Madeleine Opalka was discouraged from flying due to leg problems.

The family is represented by Ms Toscan du Plantier’s uncle, Jean-Pierre Gazeau, who is expected to speak at the event to thank the community for their solidarity since the murder.

Mrs Toscan du Plantier was killed outside her holiday home in West Cork on the night of 22 December 1996. No one has ever been charged or convicted of the murder in Ireland.

She died at the age of 39 after suffering about 50 blows to the head from a stone and concrete block.

The Taoiseach earlier this year called her death “an eyesore on Irish society”.

Mr Hogan said: “We have been amazed at the number of people from across the country buying tickets to show their solidarity.”

The Remember Me concert commemorating Sophie Toscan du Plantier will take place on Friday at 8pm at the Harbor View Hotel in Schull. Newly discovered note by Sophie Toscan du Plantier to be presented at the concert commemorating the murdered filmmaker

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