Since Band Aid 30 was released to raise the Ebola crisis in West Africa last month, countless charity Christmas singles have been released globally. Here are our top 6 Irish charity singles, all available on iTunes, and all in aid of causes desperately in need of support. To download all six will cost you a grand total of just €6.55.
Shruggs - Keep on Smiling (iTunes 99c)
Concerned about the high rate of suicide in Ireland, West Cork band Shruggs decided to release their new single, Keep on Smiling, in aid of Irish suicide prevention charity 3Ts (Turn the Tide of Suicide).
The single is available for download on iTunes all funds raised will go directly to the 3TS, Suicide prevention and research charity which seeks to help lower suicide rates through dedicated research, intervention and educational support.
Filmed on location in Clonakilty in west Cork, the ‘Keep On Smiling’ video was directed by local rock photographer Rory Coomey, and stars award-winning Hot Press journalist and author Olaf Tyaransen.
Stillroom - Another (Lonely) Christmas Song (iTunes 99c)
Irish rockers Stillroom have released their charity single Another (Lonely) Christmas Song in aid of the Simon Community, a charity which provides homeless support services and emergency accommodation.
As part of Stillroom's fundraising efforts for the Simon Community, the band will play with the Pat McManus Band on December 20 in the Voodoo Lounge, Dublin.
Sile Seoige - Maybe This Christmas (iTunes €1.29)
Sile Seoige 's charity Christmas single 'Maybe This Christmas' featuring The Palestrina Choir, The Pro-Cathedral Girls Choir and the Famous Faces Choir released on Friday.
The presenter was prompted to record the single because she’s an ambassador for the Make a Wish Foundation, a charity which grants wishes to children living with life-threatening medical conditions, and currently has a list of 200 children on its books.
Meanwhile, she was “shocked” that ISPCC Childline receives no funding from the government and may have to close its vital helpline in the evenings from January unless they raise €1m.
The proceeds from the sale of the single, which was written by Biran Flanagan and features Sile on lead vocals and celebs including Brian Kennedy, Mary Black, and Kathryn Thomas, will be divided between both charities.
Bosco & Friends - The Zog Chorus (iTunes 99c)
Childhood favourite Bosco was also horrified to learn of Childline's plight and assembled fellow puppets Pajo an Dustin as well as Zig and Zag to record 'The Zog Chorus' of We All Stand Together in aid of the charity. The puppets performed the single on the Late Late Show.
Larissa Tormey - Special Christmas (iTunes €1.29)
Singer-songwriter Larissa Tormey has recorded Special Christmas in aid of Special Needs Parents Association (www.specialneedsparents.ie) which supports parents of people with special needs and disabilities.
Larissa wrote the song after the sudden loss of her mother two years ago and all profits from this recording go to the charity.
“The most precious relationship we have in our lives are the relationship with our parents,” says Larissa. “It’s very sad to lose them, but it’s much harder when children are sick or, even worse, when children have to leave us first.”
Special Christmas was recorded by Kevin Whyms, a multi-instrumentalist and composer, and the video was filmed by director Andrew Jordan.
Lisa Hannigan - The Christmas Waltz (€1 HERE)
Lisa Hannigan has recorded a version of 'The Christmas Waltz' for the new An Post Christmas ad, with proceeds from the sale of the single going to the Dublin Simon Community to help tackle homelessness in the capital. The track is available until December 24th.
Lisa Hannigan has lent her dulcet tones to a recording of 'The Christmas Waltz' for the new An Post Christmas ad, with proceeds from the sale of the single going to the Dublin Simon Community.