Move over Ronan: Keating’s nephew on song for charity

by Sylvia Pownall
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Ronan Keating’s nephew has released a Christmas single to raise funds for the cancer charity set up in his grandmother’s name.

Talented teen Josh Keating, 13, is following in Swords native Ronan’s footsteps with his cover of Birdy’s ‘Not About Angels’ in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation.

The song is available for download on iTunes and Spotify with all proceeds being donated to the foundation’s cancer awareness and prevention work.

Josh first heard the song on the movie soundtrack to The Fault in Our Stars and chose it because of its connection with cancer.

He said: “I have always loved to sing and been passionate about music. The opportunity to record this single came up and I just jumped at the chance.

“The fact that I can, hopefully, raise a lot of money for a cause so close to mine and my family’s heart, makes it even more special.”

The single was debuted in Ireland at the Marie Keating Foundation’s annual Christmas lunch where Josh performed in front of an audience of more than 300 guests and supporters.

The Marie Keating Foundation receives no government funding and relies on donations to continue to provide mobile units and nursing outreach.

It also provides supports including the Comfort Fund service and its survivorship programmes for people who are living with and have come through cancer.

Foundation CEO Liz Yeates said: “We are marking 20 years since Marie Keating died from breast cancer, so it is a very special year for Josh to release this single.

“So much has been achieved in Marie’s name over that time and we look forward to supporting cancer survivors and their families for many more years to come.

“At this time of year, we just want to send a heartfelt thanks to all of our supporters and volunteers for their help and generosity over the past 20 years, we wouldn’t be here without your continued support.”

Uncle Ronan, who will take to the road for Boyzone’s farewell tour next year, said: “We as a family are so proud of Josh.

“The money raised from this single will go a long way towards helping the charity provide support and help to more people in 2019 and beyond.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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