Roses sing to help Crumlin

Rose of Tralee, Maggie McEldowney and Rose Escort of the Year John Slowey, along with their fellow 2016 Roses and Escorts are to release a charity single in aid of Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.

John's little cousin, James McGowan (5), went through chemotherapy in Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin to treat an aggressive malignant "Ewings" sarcoma growing in his shoulder.

James's first course of chemo would last over four months and in February 2016 he went through surgery which saw the removal of his shoulder blade. There was welcome news for the family in September 2016 - after Jame's had gone through another six months of chemo when CT and MRI scans showed no sign of sarcoma.

To thank the team at Crumlin for their efforts John Slowey recruited all 169 of the Roses and escorts who took part in last year's festival to help him record a charity single to raise money for the hospital.

That single "It's Time" is set to be officially launched in Dublin next Thursday and it will be available to download from iTunes from April 21 with pre-orders available from this Friday, April 14.

Kerryman

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