Newbridge woman writes Twitter single for charity

A NEWBRIDGE woman is the driving force behind this year’s Twitter Christmas single.

A NEWBRIDGE woman is the driving force behind this year’s Twitter Christmas single.

The song, called ‘Holding on for Christmas’ was co-written by Newbridge native Brenda Drumm. All proceeds going to Console, which works to prevent suicide and support those who have been bereaved by sucide.

“You can download the single for 99 cent which I have co-written with Ian Callanan, Alan Chadwick and Gavin Byrne,” said Brenda who is a Communication Officer with the Catholic Church in Maynooth.

“The song has a message for everyone to hold on for the essence of Christmas. It should be about love even if Christmas is a difficult and lonely time. Take time at Christmas to get off the merry go round and mind the people around you.”

Brenda hit the national headlines this time last year when she tweeted her idea of a Christmas single over Twitter. This idea became ‘A Winter’s Song’ and got to number one on iTunes last year.

“The song was written by an American called Ingrid Michealson who contacted me on Twitter afterwards to say she was delighted that we used her song and we met last summer. So many wonderful things have happened since then. This year’s song was written and sung by ordinary people who came together over Twitter to do something for Console - we are a celebrity free zone.”

The song which was launched on December 9 last is currently at number 17 on iTunes and all proceeds will go to Console in Celbridge.

“All proceeds from the sale of this song go to Console who do fantastic life saving work in the area of suicide prevention and supporting those who have been bereaved by suicide,” she added. “As a parent I am hugely concerned by the number of young people taking their own lives. Sucide is not the answer -it is a final act and it has forever consquences. Console are based in Celbridge and do life saving work -they are there if you need them - there is always somebody you can reach out to.”

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- Paula Campbell