Friday 19 October 2018

'My Dream' - Campaign to send tragic teen Sean Hughes' rap song to the top of the charts

Finglas schoolboy Sean (15) passed away after flu-like symptoms

Sean Hughes
Sean Hughes
Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

A rap song written and performed by tragic teen Sean Hughes is currently number one in the Irish iTunes song charts.

An online campaign launched yesterday hopes to send the song 'My Dream', released under Sean's rap name Lil' Red, to the Irish charts after the 15-year-old schoolboy died last friday.

Sean became ill at home last Wednesday. His health deteriorated rapidly and he was brought to Temple Street Children's Hospital, but sadly he did not recover.

The campaign was launched by Finglas native Stephen Browne, who only met Sean once, but said he made a big impact.

Sean Hughes meeting President Michael D. Higgins. Photo: Stephen Browne
Sean Hughes meeting President Michael D. Higgins. Photo: Stephen Browne

"We went to the same school, Colaiste Eoin. I was at the school's 50th anniversary and I remember this funny young guy talking to Michael D. Higgins, who was also there," Stephen told Independent.ie.

"The president was listening to every word he said and he seemed very impressed. He called his wife [Sabina Higgins] over to speak with him too.

Classmates of Sean Hughes provide a guard of honour at his funeral. Photo: Collins
Classmates of Sean Hughes provide a guard of honour at his funeral. Photo: Collins
Thousands pay respects to teen Sean Hughes (Photo: Gerry Mooney)

"He rapped at the end of the ceremony as well."

Mr Browne, who works in eBay, said he wanted to do something for his family and friends after hearing of Sean's death.

Sean Hughes idolised hip-hop stars and was a renowed local rapper
Sean Hughes idolised hip-hop stars and was a renowed local rapper

"I've worked with a few bands, so I have an iTunes account that is able to publish songs and I knew that he had some rap songs."

From there, Stephen contacted Sean's friends and family, who were "over the moon" with the idea.

Since it's iTunes release on Wednesday, the rap has sailed to the top of the Irish digital sails charts, beating The Cranberries' ''Linger' by more than 100 virtual copies.

The song is eligible to enter the main Irish charts with all proceeds going the the Hughes family.

"It's something positive from the sadness," Stephen said.

"If it makes it in into the charts, that's something they will always have."

My Dream can be downloaded from iTunes here. The online Facebook campaign can be seen here.

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