Danny O’Leary, a pupil at Scoil Phádraig Naofa in Dunmanway, Co Cork, and his mother, Mary, came up with the idea a couple of months ago and started setting the wheels in motion.
It’s hoped children’s wards at the Mercy Hospital, Cork University Hospital and Kerry General Hospital will benefit to the tune of thousands of euro.
Little Danny’s first public outing as a singer took place in his home town a couple of years ago.
“A lot of people said we should get his voice trained and we sent him to the local Yamaha School of Music,” said Mary.
So many people commented on the youngster’s talent that Danny decided to launch a five-track CD in time for Christmas.
But getting it off the ground proved expensive. Mary managed to get €3,000 sponsorship from businesses in Dunmanway and then Padraig Parker volunteered his recording studios in Midleton and a number of backing musicians helped out for nothing.
Initially, 500 copies of ‘My Choice’ were produced and they sold like hotcakes. Another 200 have just been made and, if demand continues to increase, more money will be donated to the children’s wards.
“We have been in touch with each of the hospitals and we’ve been told they could do with televisions, PlayStations and other items,” Mary said.
At €10 a CD it is hoped thousands will be made for the wards.
Danny sings some old favourites like The Irish Lullaby, The Wild Colonial Boy, Will You Go Lassie Go, Gallipoli and The Lonely Woods of Upton.
The CDs are on sale in the Virgin record store in Cork, Hickey’s of Clonakilty and Bantry, Signals Music Store and Centra and SuperValu in Dunmanway.
They have just been released in Kerry at Hannon’s newsagents, Listowel; Lee Records, Tralee; Hickey’s, Castleisland and the Variety Sound Store in Killarney. They are also available by calling (023) 55552.