Christmas rappin’ may reap chart hit

Meet the hip-hop kids who’ve got Christmas all rapped up.

And with support from comedian and rapper Des Bishop, along with a host of celebrity endorsements yesterday, the fourth-class students in Scoil Íosagáin on Cork’s northside are hoping their ‘Santa Anthem’ will be a Christmas hit.

Bishop, who is guest- presenting the breakfast show on Cork’s RedFM this week, heard the track for the first time live on air yesterday.

“It was just incredible. It has such energy and it jumped out at me,” he said.

He later tweeted: “A hip hop Christmas in Farranree from Scoil Íosagaín. Please download — it’s awesome.”

Within hours, Tudors star and singer Maria Doyle Kennedy and Cork actress Eileen Walsh said they loved it. Walsh tweeted: “...reminded me how much I loved the city”.

Bishop said it would be great if the kids could perform the rap live on stage with him during his show in Cork Opera House this weekend.

The ‘Santa Anthem’ was produced during a series of workshops run in the school by music producer, rapper, and youth workshop facilitator, GMC, aka Garry McCarthy.

Fourth-class teacher Brian Hennessey said it has given his pupils a great sense of achievement.

“They were on cloud nine yesterday after it was played on the radio. It’s poetry in motion.

“The kids are involved in every stage. It starts with a brain storming session, where they discuss ideas and concepts.

“We then settle on one bright idea — this year it was a Christmas theme — and then we split up into groups and chose rhyming words and phrases.

“We work on alliteration, rhyming, syntax, phrasing and writing, as part of creating the rap. But it’s done in such a fun way, that they don’t realise they are actually learning.”

The same class have worked with GMC before and released ‘I Wish Farranree Had A Beach’ last year which was played on 2fm, Today FM, and local radio stations Red FM and 96FM.

Scoil Iosagáin has produced a 22-track fundraising CD for several years. So even through the kids behind ‘Santa Anthem’ are 10 they already have three albums under their belts.

* You can listen to the track at or download it from

Beat it...

* Who’s that fella with the sack on his back that’s bulky?

Is that a sleigh or a sulky?

What’ya doin’ there parked on my roof?

Santa, is that you in the bright red suit?

* You can download the Santa Anthem free from:


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