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Former Maiden releases Christmas charity CD in father’s memory

Former Maiden of the Mournes, Margaret Murphy, has released a Christmas CD in memory of her late father Seamus.   The single, which was produced with the help of supportive family and friends, will raise vital funds for the Southern Area Hospice, who provide specialist palliative care and support to terminally ill patients.

The charity is one which is very close to Margaret’s heart as her beloved dad spent the last two weeks of his life in the care of the Hospice.  Speaking to The Examiner about her decision to record her own beautiful rendition of the timeless Christmas hymn, “O Holy Night” in aid of the Hospice, Margaret told us how the staff there continued to support her family even after her father’s passing in February 2012.

The 25 year old Dromintee singer has returned to St.John of Gods each year on Christmas Eve to provide a sense of belonging and importance to those who may not get home to spend Christmas with their families.

Margaret revealed that music was a vital link she and her dad shared and she could not think of a more fitting tribute to him which also allows her to give back to the charity which provides such care and solace to those facing end of life and their families.

“My dad was so very highly thought of throughout the community, his workplace – FM Environmental and amongst family and friends,” said Margaret.

“His death left a void that will never be filled but the release of the single in his memory helps myself and my family to honour and remember him dearly.

“I would like to thank all my family and friends, as this dedication would not have been possible without their generous time, help and support. In particular, a special thank you to Dave Malloy for his recording and production, Niall O’Flaherty on piano, Lauren Hill on flute, Brian McCalmont Photography and Apex Media and Print.”

Commending Margaret on her charitable endeavour, Denise Doyle, Community Fundraising Officer at Southern Area Hospice Services said,

“We are delighted that Margaret has decided to sell this fantastic CD in aid of Southern Area Hospice Services.

“This year we need to raise £2.42 million and it is only with support from people like Margaret that we can continue our work throughout the Southern Health Board Area.

“The Southern Area Hospice Services aims to support families like Margaret’s during the toughest times in their lives and we can only do this through the support of the general public.  We are delighted that Margaret is doing this and also look forward to her taking part in this year’s Light up a Life ceremony.

“We would ask everyone to get behind Margaret in her aim to support her local Hospice with this special CD which is a loving tribute to her dad.”

Margaret’s CD, “O Holy Night”, will be available from the following venues: Sticky Fingers Arts; Dominican Chapel every Monday night from 7.30pm, where Margaret leads the music and singing with healing mass the first Monday of every month; Buttercrane Shopping Centre Customer Service Desk, who support the Southern Area Hospice each year; Dromintee Football Club Merchandise Shop where Seamus was a proud member for many years; Daisy Hill Hospital, X-Ray Department where Margaret is currently employed; FM Environmental, where Seamus had many friends and who are willing to support this great cause in memory of a valuable member of their team; Southern Area Hospice, Courtney Hill, who will benefit greatly from the money which will be raised from.the sales of the CD.