Clonmel Presentation students enjoy Christmas hit

Eamonn Wynne

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Eamonn Wynne

Clonmel Presentation students enjoy Christmas hit
Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Clonmel’s Presentation Secondary School and their single My Hero topping the charts this Christmas.

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Clonmel’s Presentation Secondary School and their single My Hero topping the charts this Christmas.

Paddy Power has cut the odds from 25/1 to 8/1 after the single reached number one on the Irish iTunes chart last week.

Although it has since slipped from the top of the iTunes list the charity single went straight in an number seven in the singles chart last Friday, and hopes are high that it will have climbed even higher when the new chart is announced on Friday.

My Hero was composed by the students in memory of their much-loved teacher Alice Strain, from Dungarvan, who died in a road traffic accident last April.

The song was created at a workshop the students participated in with producer Gavin Ralston and singer/songwriter Luan Parle at the end of September. It was first performed by the students on RTE’s Big Music Train when it stopped at Clonmel Railway Station the following day on what was an emotional occasion for the students and staff, as well as members of Alice Strain’s family and fiance Pat Crowley, who were present.

The single was released as a single on iTunes, with the proceeds donated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

“Alice had a great affection for the St. Vincent de Paul”, says Presentation School principal Michael O’Loughlin. “She was involved in a number of initiatives over the years in our school that helped raised funds for Vincent de Paul. It’s very poignant that the song has been released at Christmas”.

The charity single now only trails the X Factor winner at 1/2 and AC/DC at 7/1 in the betting to become the best selling single in Ireland this festive period.

Presentation School TY co-ordinator Noel Buckley says “The song conveys a message of hope in this season of Christmas. It is about a real person, it is a song to celebrate the heroes we know in our lives and by downloading it you can become a hero to those in need this Christmas because St Vincent de Paul will benefit”.

The single costs just one euro 29 cent to download, of which St. Vincent de Paul receive 90 cent.

The students joined rugby legend Denis Leamy and Deputy Mayor Gabrielle Egan to officially switch on the Christmas lights in Clonmel last Saturday.