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Roscrea Girl Helps Secure Christmas Number 1

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Roscrea Girl Helps Secure Christmas Number 1 thumbnailMairead Delaney from Mount Heaton, Roscrea, pictured first on the far left in the middle row, is joined in the photo by members of 'The Line Up' choir and upcoming Irish Band 'Picture This' at the recording of 'This Christmas' which secured a Number 1

CONGRATULATIONS to Mairead Delaney from Mount Heaton, Roscrea who played a pivotal role in helping upcoming Irish Band 'Picture This' reach number one in the Ireland download charts for Christmas 2016.

Mairead is a member of the acclaimed Dublin Choir 'The Line-Up', who sang with the band for their chart-topping song 'This Christmas'.

The Line-Up and 'Picture This' performed the song live on the Eoghan McDermott show on RTE 2FM in early December which helped catapult the song to the success it has enjoyed since. Since then the song, the choir, and the band have received great acclaim from numerous national broadcasters and reviewers cumulating in the number one slot and an award by joe.ie for best music act of the year.

Mairead, who works in Dublin but travels back home regularly, has been a member of 'The Line-Up' for the past two years. Mairead told us this week about how the choir was formed in 2012 and sees itself as very much a community, pop, rock and soul based choir. Mairead said that under the tutelage of Róisín Savage the choir has come a long way in a short period of time. With over 125 members, the choir has enjoyed much success making appearances at many events and venues and shows including Electric Picnic, The Mansion House, Dublin Castle, The St Patrick's Festival, Ireland AM, and The Late Late Show.

The Choir has also accepted invitations to perform for the Irish Rugby Team, The President Michael D Higgins, broadcaster Gay Byrne and people favorite Imelda May. The Choir has also worked with Paddy Casey, Jerry Fish and Bronagh Gallagher in addition to invited performances in both London and New York.

Mairead was also keen to point out that the choir has also helped to support several charities, including, but not limited to, the Peter McVerry Trust, Solas, Bernardos and Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children. Mairead said it was nice to be involved in such a rewarding project and was keen to wish 'Picture This' every success for the year ahead. Mairead said that it was a privilege to work with the band and a pleasure to sing with her own choir which is very professional and has a great social aspect to it.

In 2015 Mairead Delaney, as part of 'The Line Up', played her part in helping Today FM stage the biggest-ever live performance in the history of Irish radio. The station gathered over one hundred musicians/singers into their studio to perform U2's hit One in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and in memory of one of the best-loved DJ's the country has ever produced, Tony Fenton. Mairead described the initiative as one of the 'best experiences' she has had with her singing and concluded by saying that the choir had a great leader in Róisín Savage who receives great support from all involved with 'The Line-Up'. Mairead said that this support has proved to be invaluable in helping the choir achieve the success it has to date.

Commenting this week, Seamus Browne the President of the local Chamber Of Commerce, said it was great for Roscrea to have some association with such an enormous achievement as a No. 1 hit in the Irish Charts. The Chairman of the Roscrea Enhancement Committee, Brian King added that Mairead like many people from the area, either living at home or away, is a great example of someone doing something they enjoy and at the same time helping so many others in doing so. Brian said they were delighted to celebrate a world record in Roscrea last Summer through golf so it is great to hear of this double achievement that another local person was involved with and he wished Mairead and her colleagues every continued success.

Next year will no doubt be an exciting one for 'The Line-Up' as they prepare to release their first album. Best wishes to Mairead and the Choir and Picture This for the future.

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