Tuesday 26 September 2017

'It's a miracle that I survived' - Singer behind viral Ed Sheeran cover almost killed in crash

Meabh Carlinn and Hannah McCauley
Meabh Carlinn and Hannah McCauley
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A teacher whose cover of Ed Sheeran's hit 'Castle on the Hill' has been viewed thousands of times has told how she almost died in a terrifying car crash.

Meabh Carlin and her close friend Hannah McCauley perform as The Goretti Girls and their music is building up a large online following.

However, Meabh (24) has revealed that she is lucky to be even alive today.

in August 2011 she was at World Youth Day in Madrid when she was knocked down by a taxi driver who ran a red light.

"I remember the whole thing, it was very traumatic," she explained. "I was in intensive care. It was touch and go as my pelvis was broken.

"A pelvic injury is really serious, you can bleed out really fast. It is a miracle that I survived.

"I was in the hospital in Madrid for ten days and I was in the hospital in Ireland for weeks after that."

Ms Carlin, from Lurgan in Co Armagh, said that her faith was tested and strengthened as a result of the accident.

"I was a text book Catholic up to that. This made me question myself and I really challenged myself." She continued: "I really asked God to help me. I said: 'If I survive this I have to give something back to him'.

"After I woke up I had a new perspective and a new outlook on life."

Ms Carlin said she holds no ill will against the taxi driver who struck her and explained that she prays for him regularly.

The young teacher met Ms McCauley (24) when they were training to be teachers at St Mary's College, Belfast. They now teach in the same school and perform regularly as The Goretti Girls.

They previously wrote their own songs but have recently begun doing covers "for the craic".

And their version of the Ed Sheeran tune has already been viewed over 19,000 times online.

"We just done it for the craic because we love the music. We had no expectations. It has taken off and it has taken on a life of its own," she explained.

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