Media Release: Music making a difference: Singer-Songwriter donates all proceeds to Women’s Aid.

21 Jun 2016

  • Women’s Aid charity song “Hold Me Down” available download now at www.womensaid.ie/paulyfagan.  Download and donate by Texting ACTION to 50300 to donate €4* to Women’s Aid.
  • Hauntingly beautiful song and video explores the dark side of intimate relationships in Ireland.
  • All proceeds from “Hold Me Down” will help fund the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline and One to One Services.

Women’s Aid is delighted to be the beneficiary from a fundraising campaign by Pauly Fagan, a young singer-songwriter from Navan.  Pauly Fagan is donating all proceeds from a song he wrote about domestic violence to support Women’s Aid.  Women’s Aid is the national organisation supporting women and their children affected by domestic violence.  In 2015, Women’s Aid heard over 16,000 disclosures of domestic abuse against women.  There were 10,876 incidents of emotional abuse, 3,281 incidents of physical abuse and 1,602 incidents of financial abuse disclosed. In the same year, 616 incidents of sexual abuse were disclosed to our services including 212 disclosures of rape.  There were 5,966 disclosures of child abuse reported to the service.

According to Pauly Fagan: “I wrote the song after listening to a news report about a man who had beaten his wife to death, it shocked me. I wondered why they would stay in an abusive relationship.”

According to Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid:  “When Pauly approached us about the donation of the song we were thrilled to have the support,” explained Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid, “we have struggled with funding cuts and any additional revenue we can generate goes directly to services for women experiencing domestic violence.”

Ms Martin continues: “Pauly’s song and video explores the very stark reality of domestic violence.  Domestic violence is dangerous. It kills women. It kills children, too. In 2015, women disclosed on 970 occasions, that their abusive partners threatened to kill them, their children and their families. Women’s Aid has been collecting data for 20 years on female homicide in Ireland.  Over this time, 211 women have been murdered in Ireland. 13 children were murdered alongside their mothers.  In the resolved cases, 55% of women were killed by their partners or ex-partners.  These statistics are a stark reminder of the dangerous and sometimes fatal nature of domestic abuse and the tragedy it brings for family, friends and communities.”

The song, “Hold Me Down” is available for download at www.womensaid.ie/paulyfagan.  We are urging people to download and donate by Texting ACTION to 50300 to donate €4* to Women’s Aid.

The Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline 1 800 341 900, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. www.womensaid.ie

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For more information contact:

Christina Sherlock, Women’s Aid , Communications and Campaigns Department, Tel: 087 919 2457 or email Christina.sherlock@womensaid.ie

MartinCarmel Productions – Pauly Fagan/Carole Sceli, Tel: 086 4450281 or email martincarmelproductions@gmail.com

Information for producers/editors:

  • * (100% of your donation goes to Women’s Aid across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means a minimum of €3.25 will go to Women’s Aid. Service provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278) or you can donate online www.womensaid.ie/donate.
  • Song and Video available at www.womensaid.ie/paulyfagan
  • Women’s Aid Impact Report 2015 available at www.womensaid.ie/impact2015
  • About Pauly Fagan: Born in Ireland and living in Navan, Co. Meath; he is a new voice on the music scene. A prolific young songwriter and performer Pauly recently released the album “Deeper”. www.paulyfagan.com
  • About Women’s Aid: Women's Aid is the national organisation providing support and information to women experiencing domestic violence through its Direct Services. It runs the only free, national, domestic violence helpline (1800 341 900, 24 hours, 7 days) with specialised trained staff & volunteers, accredited by the Helplines Partnership and with a Telephone Interpretation Service covering 170 languages for callers needing interpreting services as well as a Text Service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing women. Women's Aid also offers a Dublin-based One to One Support Service and Court Accompaniment Service and runs the Dolphin House Support and Referral Service in the Dublin District Family Law Court (in partnership with Dublin 12 Domestic Violence Service and Inchicore Outreach Centre.)
  • The Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline became a 24/7 service in January 2016. 
  • There were 12,041 contacts made to its National Freephone Helpline and Dublin based one to one support services in 2015, during which 16,375 disclosures of domestic abuse against women were made.  In the same year, the organisation heard 5,966 disclosures of abuse of children.

 Hold Me Down

By Pauly Fagan

Hold me down again, silence me again,

No more and no more she says, it's colder and colder she stays,

Because he pretends oh, he pretends he`ll change

Because he pretends oh, he pretends he`ll change

Eyes of glancing hope, stare through a cracked window,

Reminiscing times when she was young,

Just like her confidence that moment’s gone

Torn down by every word, he kept telling her it's what you deserve,

She knows what he done was so wrong,

But her love won’t ever let her move along..

Hold me down again, silence me again,

No more and no more she says, it’s colder and colder she stays,

Because he pretends oh, he pretends he`ll change

Because he pretends oh, he pretends he`ll change

Broken down day by day,

His fists they sprayed as she begged to be saved,

Alone in her heart the angels came,

Picked her up and took her away...

So hold me down again, silence me again...

It's colder and colder she stays,

No more and no more she says.......