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Recognise these chart stars

Do you recognise these one-time chart stars?

Do you recognise these one-time chart stars?

LAST week we highlighted the move by Jazz Freak musician Donal Donnelly to reunite with a group of Celbridge school children who appeared with him on a successful record which was recorded at the start of the 1980.

We published a photograph of the group of youngsters along with Billy Bridgeman, a Celbridge shopkeeper.

This week we publish another shot of the group and would be grateful if readers have any information about those appearing in the photograph.

Last year, Leixlip man Donal Donnelly celebrated 25 years on the road as a musician.

In 1980, his then Leixlip-based group, Stout, recorded a song by American, Mack Davis called “It’s Hard to Be Humble.”

It got to number 4 in the Irish charts but the same song recorded by Tom Allen (TR Dallas) around the same time hit number one.

Prompted by Billy Bridgeman, Donal and Stout, invited the children photographed above to form a choir.

They featured on the record and Donal and did two or three tv shows,” recalled Donal.

The success of the song led to appearances on RTE 1 and 2, including the Sean Ban Bhreathnach show, for the Celbridge children featured in the recording, and Stout (Donal, Terry Domican, from Robertstown, and London Kerryman, Mike Daly, who was living in Castletown estate in Celbridge, at the time.)

He would now love to have a reunion of all the choir – they will now be adults - and group members and make a record for charity.

Apart from getting to got to No. 4 in the Irish chart, the record also reached No. 22 in the UK charts and achieved airtime on Terry Wogan’s show on BBC.

Any readers who recognise anybody in this photograph should contact this reporter (086-8547558 or or Donal (01-6245027).

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