'I had my best friend's ashes in my pocket for The Voice win' - Patrick Donoghue
Voice of Ireland winner Patrick Donoghue won Sunday night's singing showdown while holding the ashes of his late best friend in his pocket.
The Dunnes Stores worker said the family of his best friend Mary, who died of a brain tumour three years ago, rang before the final and asked would he carry some of her ashes on stage for the special moment.
"Mary's family phoned me a couple of days before the final and wanted me to carry some of her ashes on stage, so I had her ashes in my pocket with me the whole time," he told the Irish Daily Star.
Patrick paid tribute to his late friend and said she always thought Patrick would be successful in showbusiness.
"She was like a second mammy to me and loved me singing for her. I missed her at the after party," he said.
"She always said to me: 'You'd get there someday'.
"I hope I did her proud."
The 23-year-old also told the newspaper he is determined to release a dance track as his first single.
"I'm aware that the Voice of Ireland hasn't got a success story yet but I know for a fact, I'm not going to waste this opportunity," he added.
The Donnycarney native wowed the judges - and the voting public - on Sunday night with his emotional rendition of Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror.
He will release a cover of Jessie J's Mama Knows Best after landing a contract with Universal Ireland.