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Written by Gerry McBreen, a well respected songsmith, 'One Of A Kind' is an inspirational single and a fitting tribute to Roscommon's footballing hero, the late Dermot Earley, who passed away in June 2010.

Dermot Earley held the rank of Lieutenant-General with the Defence Forces and was recipient of its highest honour, the Distinguished Service Medal; however, it was for his achievements in Gaelic football that he became a household name and is probably best remembered. Born in 1948, Dermot started his career playing for his local clubs; Michael Glavey's and Sarsfields during the 1960s and went on to excel playing at senior level for his native Roscommon for the next twenty years, 1965 to 1985. Throughout his playing career Dermot amassed five Connaught Senior medals, 2 All-Star Awards (1974, 1979), 1 National League medal (1979), 1 U21 All-Ireland Medal (1966), an All-Ireland runner's up Medal (1980) and 2 Railway Cup Medals, however, an All Ireland-Championship Medal eluded this legendary sportsman. In addition to his achievements as a player, he also served as Manager of the Roscommon and Kildare senior county teams.

Lieutenant-General Dermot Earley was the Irish Defence Forces' Chief of Staff from 2007 until his retirement in 2010. He had distinguished military service at home and abroad, including a four year term in New York as a Senior Military Advisor at UN Headquarters. As a young officer, he qualified as a physical education instructor and was one of the first members of the elite army rangers. He was a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies London and held an MA in Peace and Development Studies from the University of Limerick.

It's been said great players are never measured by what they have won but by the image they leave behind, so John Dunning's new single is a timely honour to an officer and a gentleman. John Dunning can be proud of this new single. Delivered with a strong melodic voice and an instantly catchy lilt; it tells a story as powerful now as it was during Dermot's lifetime. 'One Of A Kind' is an anthem for all lovers of Gaelic football. A video to accompany the single release may be seen on the various music shows on Sky Channel 191 (also coming to YouTube).

All the proceeds from this single are going directly to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. It is possible to purchase and download the track from iTunes using the link below, and monies will be lodged directly into the Hospice's Bank Account.

One of a Kind (Dermot Earley Tribute) - Single - Gentleman John Get it on Google Play

In conjunction with the Mayo Roscommon Hospice, it is intended to organize a launch night with a number of well known guests from the Irish music business, which will raise additional funds, much needed for the continuation of the vital services the Hospice provides.

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