Charity Single to raise MND Awareness at Home & Abroad

Maria Butterly to Release Charity Single

‘You Are My Heaven’ to raise money for MND

After recently receiving an award for ‘Best New Original Single 2015’ from the Irish Farmers Journal, Maria Butterly, is thrilled to release her eagerly anticipated 3rd single ‘You Are My Heaven’ in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA). Maria is one of Ireland’s most talented singer/songwriters and this beautiful song is very close to Maria’s heart as a childhood friend of Maria’s was recently diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

You can purchase the single ‘You Are My Heaven’ from the IMNDA website ( for a donation of €2. You can also purchase the single on . Ireland is not the only place where this fantastic single will be made available. The International Alliance for ALS/MND Associations is going to use the song to generate awareness and funds across the globe. The song will reach up to 47 countries worldwide. This is music in its truest form, reaching people for the greater good on another level.

“We are delighted and very honoured that Maria has chosen to release this fantastic single in aid of the IMNDA. The IMNDA is the primary support organisation for individuals and families living with MND in Ireland. Over 86% of our income is dependent on donations and fundraising. It is thanks to people like Maria that we can continue to provide these vital services,” said Aisling Farrell, CEO IMNDA.

“My friend’s sister was diagnosed with MND and she was my introduction to motor neurone disease.  She is brave and courageous person and my inspiration.  Having seen first hand the effects of this disease, I was driven to find a way to help. Music has been my life and gifting this song from my album is a way to hopefully make a difference,” said Maria Butterly.   

For more information on the single please visit or contact Maria Butterly on (087)2783098 or  or Maeve Leahy from the IMNDA on (01) 8730422 or email


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Notes to Editor:

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting. MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. MND strikes people of all ages and there is currently no cure for MND, symptoms can be managed to help you achieve the best possible quality of life.

The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) is the only organisation of its kind in this country. It was set up in May 1985 to provide care and support to people with Motor Neurone Disease, their carers, families and friends. There are currently over 310 people living with MND in Ireland. MND is often referred to as the 1,000 day disease as most people die within 1,000 days of being diagnosed. Services include home visiting by an MND nurse, financial assistance to increase homecare packages once recommended by the MND Nurse and where a HSE home care package is already in place, the provision of specialist medical equipment on loan free of charge to our clients, publications on MND and home visits  supports from an Association Visitor. We also support research into the causes and treatment of the disease by providing grants towards scientific and medical research of the highest quality specific to MND.

Maria Buterly is a multi-instrumentalist, self-taught on guitar, mandolin, piano & whistle – Maria’s original style draws on influences from both the Irish Contemporary Folk genre and the American Country-Bluegrass genre, as can be heard on ‘Blue Mandolin’. Originally from Laytown, Co Meath, Maria lived & toured in Nashville & LA, USA, for a number of years, perfecting her repertoire performing at hit venues such as Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, The House of Blues (LA), and New York’s world famous Mercury Lounge having played alongside such icons as Bob Wooten (Johnny Cash’s Band), Raul Malo (The Mavericks), Hal Ketchum, Damien Rice, Eleanor McEvoy, and Mundy. Headlined the ‘Angelica -Huston Gala Event’ at Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles & won previous awards at the -‘New York International Film & Music Festival’ She recently performed her song ‘Quiet Man’ to Hollywood Star MAUREEN O’HARA on her 90th Birthday. Furthermore, Maria is now showcasing her talent as a co-writer on the new album (self titled Blue -Mandolin, produced by Bill Shanley) with Nashville No.1 hit writers Kostas Lasarides (who penned ‘What a Cryin Shame’ for the Mavericks) and Charles Quarto (songwriter for Crosby, Stills & Nash; Garth Brooks), as well as Ireland’s very own Charlie McGettigan.