Enya Donates “Only Time” Sales to NYC Firefighters
By Irish America Staff
August / September 2003
Irish Singer Shows She Has a Soft Heart.
The Uniformed Firefighters Association’s Widows’ and Children’s Fund will receive a donation from Enya earmarked for the surviving family members of New York City firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter’s contribution will also help provide assistance to those firefighters’ families who lost loved ones in the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Enya announced on April 29 that she will donate the total royalty earnings from her single, “Only Time” to the UFA Widows’ and Children’s Fund. Additionally, Warner Bros. Records, the artist’s recording company, will contribute its earnings from the sale of the song.
“Only Time,” the Most Played Song of 2001, can be heard on the Grammy-winning artist’s Reprise Records release, A Day Without Rain.
“My hope is that, in some small way, these funds can help to alleviate the concerns facing the families in the aftermath of 9-11, and other families of fire fighters who have been affected by a tragic loss of life,” Enya said. “My thanks go out to the UFA for all their efforts in helping these families.”
According to her official website, Enya felt a strong empathy for the fire fighters following the September 11 tragedy. The father of her lyricist, Roma Ryan, was a commander in the Belfast Fire Department.
The UFA Widows’ and Children’s Fund helps widows and surviving children of firefighters who are experiencing financial hardship, and assists in the education facilities for dependent children. ♦