A song, recorded by over 200 members of various musical societies across the country including ten members of Ballinrobe Musical Society, is now the biggest selling number two single in Ireland ever.
‘A Song for Lily-Mae’, which was recorded by a group of over 200 people, including Paddy Casey, Mundy and Declan O’Rourke, who recorded Elton John’s song ‘Tiny Dancer’, had hoped to reach the Christmas number one spot in order to raise money for the Sunni-Mae Trust.
The trust was set up to help with the cost of treatment for little Claregalway girl Lily-Mae Morrison, who was diagnosed with an aggressive child cancer, Neuroblastoma, last summer.
Competing against X Factor winner, James Arthur, all involved in ‘A Song for Lily-Mae’ can be extremely proud of their efforts, considering the X Factor winner had the backing of X Factor chief Simon Cowell and Sony Music.
Speaking to The Mayo News about the bittersweet result, secretary of Ballinrobe Musical Society, Edel O’Neill said everyone was somewhat disappointed.
“After all the hard work it’s a little disappointing, but it’s still a huge achievement and ‘A Song for Lily Mae’ achieved what it was meant to, to raise awareness of Neuroblastoma,” said Ms O’Neill
Although Lily-Mae had successful surgery to remove tumours and a further successful stem cell harvest all funds are being put aside in case she is one of the 70 per cent who relapse and require further, expensive treatment abroad.
Throughout their climb to Christmas number two, A song for Lily-Mae received worldwide coverage, with Elton John imploring his fans to download the song on iTunes and subsequently BBC and Sky news picking up the story.
Closer to home the song and cause has received huge support from celebrities such as Michael Fassbender, Keith Duffy, Lucy Kennedy, and a host of others with A Song for Lily Mae performing Tiny Dancer on The Late Late Show in early December last year.
A Song for Lily Mae can still be downloaded on iTunes.
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