A Laytown singer has just released a single she hopes will become the nations anti bullying anthem.

Maria Butterly, who now lives in Trim, penned the song ‘Heroes’ about a teenage girl who is being bullied at school and invents a super hero character to help her deal with the situation.

Maria told Meath Live, ‘ People have asked me was the girl in the song me when I was younger and the answer is no, while I was bullied a small bit at school it was nothing compared to what is going on now.

‘It may be an often repeated mantra but it is still a fact social media has made things worse as the people who are bullying young girls can remain anonymous, it is a really terrible point we have arrived at where people are driven to suicide by online bullying.

‘The song is aimed at young girls to try and make them realise there is support available, there are helplines they can call and there is, despite what they might feel at the time, always somebody they can speak to about what is happening.’

Her first major gig post Covid takes place on Friday February 11th in the Seamus Ennis Centre in the Naul, north county Dublin and Maria says she is just glad to be back.

‘The only positive that came from the Covid enforced shut down of the business is that it made me devote more time to composing my own stuff which is something I always wanted to do but never had the time for but I am looking forward to the buzz of stepping back on stage and performing.’