A 7-year-old Irish girl has received a special message from Hollywood star Hugh Jackman on social media.

Emma, from Lucan, was recorded by her mother Jacqueline Cooney singing ‘A Million Dreams’ from the hit musical film which released last year.

Jacqueline posted the video to Twitter, tagging Jackman and several of the people he follows on the social media platform.

Speaking to Muireann O’Connell on her lunchtime show on Today FM on Thursday, she revealed why she wanted to reach out to the star.

“My daughter Emma is a huge fan of The Greatest Showman. She spent all Christmas singing the songs and Santa brought her a sing-along CD,” she said.

“We missed out on tickets to see the show in the 3Arena so I said I’d record her singing a little song for him from the movie and send it to him and see would he see it.”

Emma also spoke to Muireann of her joy at receiving Hugh’s response.

“At first we were thinking of giving up but then four days later or so he saw it and he sent a special message that I know he wouldn’t have just sent to anyone,” she said.

Jacqueline added, “I was pretty freaked out when I saw it yesterday afternoon.  I was looking at something else and then it came up, ‘Hugh Jackman mentioned you on Twitter’.

“I was expecting maybe a text or something but a video and what he said was so lovely and so genuine.”

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