Song in memory of ‘My Hero’ Clonmel teacher

Kathryn Thomas with Alice Strains sisters Vera Collins and Mary Foley and fiancee Pat Crowley when RTEs Big Music Train stopped in Clonmel. My Hero, the song composed by the Presentation schools Transition Year students in honour of their late teacher Ms Strain, has been released as a single on iTunes to raise funds for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Students from Clonmel’s Presentation Secondary School have launched a single of the song they composed in memory of their teacher, who died in a road traffic accident earlier this year.

Students from Clonmel’s Presentation Secondary School have launched a single of the song they composed in memory of their teacher, who died in a road traffic accident earlier this year.

The proceeds from sales of the single will be donated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a charity that held a special place in Alice Strain’s affections.

The song called “My Hero” was composed by the school’s Transition Year students in honour of their late English and Religion teacher Ms Strain, who came from Ballymacmague near Dungarvan and who died last April.

“My Hero” was created at a songwriting workshop the students participated in with producer Gavin Ralston and singer songwriter Luán Parle on September 23.

It was first performed by the students on RTE’s Big Music Week Train when it stopped at Clonmel Railway Station the following day.

The performance was an emotional occasion for the Presentation students and staff, as well as members of Ms Strain’s family and her fiance photographer Pat Crowley, who were present.

“Alice had a great affection for the Society of St.Vincent De Paul”, says Presentation Secondary School principal Michael O’Loughlin.

“She was involved in a number of initiatives over the years in our school which helped to raise funds for Vincent de Paul, especially at Christmas. It’s very poignant that the song is being released at Christmas.

We hope people will download the song from iTunes and help raise much-needed funds for the charity”, he added.

The song was so well received that RTE invited the Transition Year class to perform at the Big Music Week’s finale show at the well-known Vicar Street venue in Dublin.

Parents and teachers were in the audience to see the 24 TY students sing at the show that also featured such top artists as Finbar Furey, Royseven frontman Paul Walsh from Clonmel and Mundy.

Gavin Ralston recorded the students performing “My Hero” at the rehearsals for the Vicar Street show. The song is now available on iTunes.