Saturday 23 February 2019

Keating keeps it in the family with Christmas single

Josh's uncle Ronan Keating
Josh's uncle Ronan Keating

Following in the footsteps of his famous uncle Ronan, Josh Keating (13) has released a Christmas single to raise vital funds for the Marie Keating Foundation with his song, 'Not About Angels.'

The track was originally recorded by Birdy, and Josh chose it because of its connection with cancer. Recorded in Cardiff and produced by Gethin Pearson, Josh first heard the track when it appeared on 'The Fault in Our Stars' movie soundtrack.

Speaking at its recent launch, Josh said: 'I have always loved to sing, and have always been passionate about music. The opportunity to record this single came up, and I just jumped at the chance. The fact that I can, hopefully, raise a lot of money for a cause so close to mine and my family's heart, makes it even more special.'

The single was debuted in Ireland at the Marie Keating Foundation's annual Christmas Lunch in conjunction with Newstalk, where Josh performed the track in front of an audience of more than 300 guests and supporters.

Patron of the Foundation, Ronan Keating said: "As a family, we are so proud of Josh and his achievement in recording this single. The work of the Foundation has such a positive impact on the lives of cancer survivors and their families, and for Josh to donate the proceeds of this single to their work is inspiring.'

The Marie Keating Foundation receives no government funding, and relies on the generosity of the public and corporate partners to allow it to provide its awareness work and its support services, including the Comfort Fund service and its survivorship programmes for people who are living with and have come through cancer.

This year marks a important milestone for the Marie Keating Foundation. It is 20 years since the Foundation was set up, following the death of Marie Keating from breast cancer in 1998. After losing their mother, the Keating family promised that they would do everything they could to bring an end to the illness.

Fingal Independent