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Co Armagh pharmacist lending his voice to help people through Covid-19 crisis

Ryan McNally from Lurgan

A Co Armagh pharmacist is lending his voice to efforts to help people through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ryan McNally, from Lurgan, posted a video on social media of his cover of The Voice of an Angel as he believed the "piece is very fitting for the current crisis we are all in".

The 25-year-old said he hoped the lyrics would inspire people to not give up.

"It's about a guardian angel guiding us though the difficult times," he said.

"I thought people needed to here these sort of lyrics at the time."

Mr McNally studied pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast before moving to London to complete a PhD with the British Heart Foundation at St Thomas' Hospital.

But following the outbreak of Covid-19, he returned to Northern Ireland and is currently working with Northern Pharmacies in Craigavon, where he spent his trainee year.

Mr McNally said he has always had a love of music, from his days with the Portadown Junior Phoenix Players which put on a show every summer.

"When I moved to London, I joined the Kings College amateur musical society and I have done three shows with them.

"In December, I started my Facebook page to share my music. The first song I put up was Oh Holy Night and it got 1,000 likes in no time and it has just gone from there.

"Then just recently I recorded a cover of Irish singer Liam Lawton's The Voice of an Angel along with Brian Greene, a secondary school teacher in Lurgan, who provided accompaniment for me.

"The words are really poignant at this time, the piece is very fitting for the current crisis we are all in."

For further information see Ryan McNally Music on Facebook.

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