By Anthea Ryan
BECKY Phillips, 15, from Bantry, a third year student in Colaiste Pobal, has taken the internet by storm after her performance of a song written and composed by her music teacher, Claire Hayden, has gone viral.
The song entitled Goodnight, sung by Becky, and accompanied on piano by Claire, has been viewed and shared over 20,000 times already.
Goodnight provides a clear message about bullying – a problem some teens face on a daily basis in Ireland. In just six days, it drew a total of 4,671 views on the web.
Claire Hayden, a teacher in Coomhola NS, who also teaches with Sally-Ann Fitzgerald in the West Cork School of Voice, wrote and composed the track, hoping to get the message of bullying across to more young people.
‘The statistics are there – 74% of teenagers in Ireland are bullied in some way and we hope that this song raises awareness,’ she told The Southern Star.
Claire says she was surprised with the amount of feedback and publicity the song gained in such a short space of time. ‘The song has been shared and viewed over 20,000 times in a few days,’ she pointed out. The duo are now hoping to capitalise on the publicity it is garnering in an effort to highlight the scourge of bullying to a wider audience.