Alan Hayes spoke out about the pain of suicide with his mother Angela on The Late Late Show last week. They shared the experience of losing his father Tommy in 2002 and his 19-year-old brother Thomas in 2011, to encourage others to open up to loved ones if they are feeling suicidal.
The Kilkenny teenager performed the song Survivor on the chat show.
Ryan Tubridy told the stunned 17-year-old yesterday on his radio show that he will be able to record the song for a charity of his choice in Windmill Lane studio, made famous by U2 and recently played host to Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.
“Windmill Lane want to offer you the chance to record it professionally and then you can release it on iTunes and donate the proceeds to a charity of your choice,” Ryan told him.
The teenager said: “That’s absolutely brilliant.”
He said he has already been flooded with messages from the public
“I got a brilliant reaction”, he said yesterday on the Tubridy radio show.
“We have amazing family and friends and loads of people from Kilkenny and all over Ireland texted us to say we were an inspiration. Everyone said I put my message across, that it was good to talk.”
Angela said: “I am overwhelmed by the encouragement that we have received as a family. Alan and I have spoken out but we would not be able to do it without the support of my other sons Robert and Stephen who have been incredible. We have a very strong bond as a family and this is crucial. All the support that we have received gives us great strength,” she said.
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