Irish teens hit #1 with tribute to teacher

A song written by a group of music students as a tribute to their teacher who tragically died in a car accident has gone straight to the top of the ITunes charts.

Alice Strain of Clonmel, taught the teenagers for three years but was killed after her car was involved in a head on collision in April.

The students were distraught. They rallied round to support each other and decided that a song would be a fitting tribute to their teacher.

Live performance on RTÉ

My Hero was co-written by the class and expresses the love and admiration they felt for Alice. They wrote it to raise money for St Vincent de Paul, a Christian charity that helps people from underprivileged backgrounds.

The group hoped to write a song that would have made their teacher proud, and raise some money for a good cause at the same time.

However, after a live performance on RTÉ’s Big Music Week in October, My Hero has now reached the top of Irish ITunes.

‘Alice would have been so proud’

Alice’s sister Vera watched the live rendition and spoke of her gratitude and warmth for the students.

“It’s just wonderful, really fantastic. Alice would have been so proud of the girls. She thought of them as her second family. She loved her job and her students and this song is the most wonderful tribute.

“This has given the whole family a huge lift at such a hard time. It’s brought light into our lives at a time of darkness.”

If you would like to buy My Hero on Itunes, then please click here

Here is the YouTube video of My Hero.

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Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish music bands are the Dropkick Murphys and the Pogues.

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