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Presentation Clonmel Students Song reached Number 1 in iTunes Irish Charts!!

The song "My Hero" Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary TY students vacated the lofty Number one spot in the iTunes Irish Charts last Friday and Paddy Power bookmakers has dramtically cut the odds on it being the Christmas number one hit from 25/1 to 8/1 such is the popularity of the hit single!

The single is only €1.29 to download from iTunes and all proceeds go to St Vincent De Paul.

The following gives some background to the song from the students.

Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary TY students launch song for Christmas Music Market in aid of St. Vincent de Paul.

Students from Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel have launched a single with the song they composed in memory of their teacher who died tragically in a car accident earlier this year.

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

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

“My Hero” was first performed by the students on RTE’s Big Music Week Train when it stopped off 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 for the performance.

The song received no less than 22,000 hits on the thejournal.ie website and 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 on Saturday, September 28.

Parents and teachers were in the audience at Vicar Street 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 launched on iTunes. Proceeds from the song will go to St. Vincent De Paul.

“Alice had a great affection for the St. Vincent De Paul organisation. She was involved in a number of initiatives over the years in our school which helped to raise funds for SVP, especially at Christmas time.

It was very poignant that the song is being released around the Christmas period.

We hope people will download the song from itunes and help raise much needed funds for SVP”

Michael O Loughlin (Principal, Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel).

Pictured above Principal Michael O'Loughlin (back row left), Mr Noel Buckley and TY 2013-14 students.