Clonmel students were the real heroes of Christmas

The incredible journey undertaken by a group of Clonmel students to pay tribute to a much loved teacher is set to assist young people continue in third level education.

The incredible journey undertaken by a group of Clonmel students to pay tribute to a much loved teacher is set to assist young people continue in third level education.

The Transition Year Presentation Secondary School pupils will hand over the proceeds of their hit single ‘My Hero’ to St.Vincent de Paul.

The song was written as a tribute to Olive Strain who died iin a road traffic accident last April and who had been a member of the teaching staff at the school for seventeen years.

The song topped the iTunes list and reached No.7 in the singles chart and the twenty four girls enjoyed a memorable year which saw them appear on RTE programmes, sing at Vicar Street and turn on the Christmas lights in Clonmel.

The girls were praised this week by Terry Stafford, Clonmel Vincent de Paul who thanked them for their ‘wonderful gesture’ to hand over the funds raised from their hit single.

“We have a fund that helps families who are stuggling to keep young people in third level and this money will be used as part of that fund to good effect. Donations have been down 20% this year so it is acts of kindness like this that really make a difference” said Mr. Stafford.

Presentation Principal Michael O’Loughlin said everybody at the school were very proud of what the TY students had achieved during the year.

“It was a celebration of the life of a kind, supportive and much loved teacher and the St.Vincent de Paul was something that was very close to her heart,” he said.