Local councillor aiming to top the charts with charity single

An independent councillor in the midlands is hoping to beat the X-Factor to the Christmas No 1 in the music charts with his cover of the old Flying Pickets hit song, “Only You.”

Cllr Michael O’Brien of the Athlone Municipal District is releasing his charity single in aid of Pieta House, and he is determined his recording will hit No. 1.

“Growing up I always loved the excitement about the Christmas No 1 and I think X-Factor has ruined that, so it would be nice to get behind a national charity like Pieta House and beat X-Factor to the No 1 slot,” said O’Brien.

The Independent councillor, who lives in Moate, has previously recorded “New” by Paul McCartney and “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, and has planned to a do a charity song for some time.

He was contacted by Pieta House’s Ger Tiernan who asked him to record a single for the charity. O’Brien is also recording a video at Athlone Castle to accompany the song, and plans to release the number on Monday, December 4.

Michael O’Brien’s version of “Only You” will be available on ITunes, Spotify and YouTube, and the physical CD will also be available in Golden Discs outlets, Athlone Town Shopping Centre, Golden Island Shopping Centre and Supervalu, Moate. It will be available for download on ITunes for just under €1.30 and the CD will cost €5.

An official launch of the single will be held in Athlone Civic Square on Friday, December 8, where Michael will sing a number of songs. RTE’s Ciaran Mullooly will MC the event.

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