Star Wars fundraiser to help Jason Corbett campaign

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

Members of the Corbett family with the Metropolitan Mayor of Limerick, Cllr JerryO'Dea at a recent mayoral reception for the family. Included are Jason's parents, John and Rita Corbett; Marion Fitzpatrick, mother of the late Mags, Jasons first wife; David and Tracey Lynch and Jason's children Jack and Sarah
AS members of the Corbett family in Limerick wait for news on whether anyone will be charged with Jason Corbett’s murder in the US, news of a fundraising event to help them meet legal costs has been released.

AS members of the Corbett family in Limerick wait for news on whether anyone will be charged with Jason Corbett’s murder in the US, news of a fundraising event to help them meet legal costs has been released.

Former Limerick Chronicle columnists, Mike Buckley and Jason Nash, are to host a Star Wars Premiere Experience night on Thursday December 17 at the Odeon cinema, Castletroy, to help the family with costs following the tragic death of Jason in North Carolina on August 2 last.

Originally from Janesboro, Jason moved to the US over four years ago and was found dead in his home in Wallburg with fatal head injuries. His second wife Molly Martens and her father Thomas have been described as persons of interest in the investigation.

A file has now been passed onto the district attorney, Garry Frank from the Davidson county sheriff’s department, to consider the options to take in the case.

Jason’s first wife Mags Corbett died in 2006 after suffering from an asthma attack. He later employed Molly Martens as a nanny for the two children.

News is expected shortly, and the Corbett family say that they trust in the US justice system and believe that the truth will come out. The Bring Justice for Jason Facebook page now has almost 20,000 supporters.

The Corbett family faced an intense custody battle to get custody of Jason’s children Jack and Sarah, who have returned to Ireland and are now living happily with Jason’s sister Tracey and her husband David Lynch.

Just this week, an appeal against the custody decision was denied in a US court.

While big legal fees have been mounting up, a fundraising campaign titled Jason’s Journey has been initiated with a number of people over a variety of social media platforms promoting it, to help the family with legal and travel costs.

Mary Fitzpatrick, one of those involved in the campaign, said; “I kept waiting to hear if somebody was going to do something to support them because it does cost a lot of money and Limerick is very good for coming out and supporting families in crisis.”

She praised Mike and Jason - formerly known as the Chronicle brothers - for their assistance.

The Star Wars family night will start with a meet and greet at 7pm at the Odeon on Thursday. The movie starts at 8pm and patrons will get a professional photo, drink, popcorn and a special character appearance. Tickets are €30. Contact Mike on 087 2118235 or Jason on 087 2804583 for tickets.