Monday 20 November 2017

GAA star pens song for children's hospice

The 'Irish Independent's' Dearbhail McDonald (left) with Maddie, Ruby (5) and Mollie (3) Grant
The 'Irish Independent's' Dearbhail McDonald (left) with Maddie, Ruby (5) and Mollie (3) Grant

HE lived for less than an hour but the grandson of former GAA football all-star Eugene Grant has been immortalised in song in a charity single to raise funds for Ireland's only children's hospice LauraLynn House.

Noah McMahon died in his father's arms at London's King's College Hospital after succumbing to the little-known birth defect, congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

Although many children born with the condition survive, in Noah's case he was only given a 10pc chance to live beyond birth when his mother, Maddie Grant, (35), went for a scan during the 20th week of her pregnancy.

The barrister and mother-of-two from Clontarf and her husband Rob McMahon (38) hoped they would beat the odds and enlisted the care of a specialist who was able to perform surgery in the womb.

Sadly, he died less than an hour after his birth on May 5, 2012.

But his tragic death inspired his grandfather – former Co Down footballer and barrister Eugene Grant – to write and sing an upbeat country-inspired GAA anthem called 'Angel in Blue' which sums up every little boy's dream of playing for his county.

The song features Harry Leonard on piano and back-up vocals by Maddie and her close friend, Irish Independent legal editor Dearbhail McDonald.

The catchy tune has been officially endorsed by the Dublin team's commercial manager James Brogan, who said the Dubs are delighted to support the children's charity through the single.

LauraLynn Foundation founder Jane McKenna said she is also delighted with the single and "every single bought will make a huge difference".

Irish Independent

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