A charity single from a little known Tipperary band has raced up the Irish music charts and is on course to be a hit this Christmas.
Master and Commander recorded the song ‘This Time of Year’ at the beginning of the month and it was released last week. Despite receiving very little publicity the song has flown up the charts. It reached number five ibn the pop genre and number 11 in the overall Irish iTunes chart.
All the proceeds from the single are going to a small Irish charity that helps the children from St John’s Oncology ward in Crumlin Hospital.
The children at St John’s Oncology ward have been diagnosed with cancer and the charity, Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, was set up by Jimmy Norman in memory of his seven-year-old daughter, Aoibheann.
The bosses at Aoibheann’s Pink Tie are delighted with the success of the single and now hope it can go on to even dizzier heights.
The charity’s co-founder Mick Rochford said: “It has completely taken us by surprise, the reaction has just been phenomenal. It has just taken off, it’s taken over all of the big stars and we’re delighted.”
As well as raising money for the charity the single has also helped to raise awareness of the important work that is done at Aoibheann’s Pink Tie.
Mr Rochford continued: “It’s so important for us to be able to raise awareness of childhood cancer and raise funds for our organisation, which is run completely by volunteers.”
They now hope that Master and Commander’s single can continue its momentum and even become Ireland’s Christmas number one single.
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