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Tadhg becomes lead BOI mascot for Munster Rugby team

Saturday February 28th was a day that Tadhg Broderick from KIillarney will never forget. Tadhg, who's 12, suffers from severe Pulmonary Hypertension meaning that he cannot play rugby, one of his biggest interests. However, his illness didn't stop him from having his dream realised at Irish Independent Park, Cork by Munster Rugby and the Share A Dream Foundation.

Tadhg became the Bank of Ireland mascot that led the Munster team out of the dressing room and to their victory over Glasgow Warriors. Tadhg is a massive rugby fan so was thrilled when he found out he was going to be able to meet all the members of his favourite team, especially the captain Denis Hurley and Kerry's own JJ Hanrahan. Tadhg and his family were also given four stand tickets to enjoy the game and create a dream that he and his family will never forget.

Oisin's dream to meet the Irish Rugby Team

Oisin from Carlow realised his dream on Tuesday the 24th of February when he met the Irish Rugby team at Carton House. He travelled to Carton House in the Dream Machine but that was only the start of his amazing day! Oisin, who's 15 and suffers with Friedreichs Ataxia, was greeted by all the players while they trained in preparation of their massive 6 Nations clash at home to England. To top his day off, Oisin received a signed home and away Irish rugby jersey on the day and became friends with all the players.

Oisin's mum Elaine said "Thank you Share A Dream for making Oisin's dream come true. A wonderful day with memories to treasure. The Irish Rugby team were so nice and they spent so much time with Oisin"

We would like to thank all at the IRFU and Carton House for their help and kindness in making Oisin's dream come true.

Dream Machine brings a little magic to 3yr old Limerick “miracle boy”

Cian Murphy has been extremely ill since the day he was born and spent the first 21 months of his life in Our Lady’s Hospital for Children in Crumlin.

Cian has an unknown diagnosis. He has a tracheostomy, is on a ventilator and also has congenital cardiac and endocrineissues.

Cian only returned home to Limerick in October 2013 and now in conjunction with the Limerick Regional hospital Cian is doing very well since his return. According to his mum Orla “he has had a few blips since he came home but thankfully he is now doing great, even starting pre-school in January.  He is our miracle little man and we are very proud of him.”

So, when Cian’s SNA Majella contacted Share a Dream to see if they could make Cian’s 3rd birthday a very special day with a visit from their magical Dream Machine they immediately said of course!

So, last Saturday the 17th the magical Dream Machine arrived to his home in Rhebogue along with Woody, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse much to the highlight of Cian, his cousins and friends.

After Cian and all his friends enjoyed his birthday party inside his home with all the characters even “bum shuffling” with Mickey Mouse they then spent an hour enjoying the magic that is the “Dream Machine.”


Dream Machine delivers Santa to the door of Limerick Boy Joey

When Joey Enright saw the Share A Dreams “Dream Machine” pull up outside his home in Clonard, Westbury little did he know more surprises lay inside. 

Joey’s dad approached Share A Dream as he was struggling to get his young son into the spirit of Christmas. Joey absolutely loves Santa. This year however Joeys Dad, Keith, Was struggling to find somewhere that caters to Joeys unique needs.

In a letter sent to Share A DREAM Keith wrote,“Our son Joey suffers from Autism and we are finding it very difficult to find a place to see Santa. He becomes uncomfortable in large crowds and really struggles with long queues. He loves meeting Santa but we can’t seem to get a grotto to cater to his needs and as we can’t take our other children without him unfortunately they are also missing out which is heart-breaking”.

Something very special happened, however, on Thursday evening when Santa abandoned his sleigh and hitched a ride in the Dream Machine to visit Joey, his family and friends. Being purpose built to appeal to children of all abilities the Dream Machine was the ideal mode of transport for Santa on this occasion. 

“This has been a truly magical experience for Joey and the entire family. We cannot believe that Share A Dream have organised all this for Joey on such short notice. We are absolutely blown away and so grateful”, said Joeys dada Keith.

Davina's Dream Come True!

There was pure happiness and smiles all round when the dream pug puppy found his new home with Davina.

When the Dream Team contacted Davinas Mum Collette she was over the moon “She is going to be so excited. In time for Christmas and all. Thanks for making such good times and fulfilling her dreams. It gives Davina something positive to think of when she looks back at this time in her life and not the bad, hard times she had a tumour. We are forever grateful to Share A Dream.

“Christmas can be a very tough time for the children and families we work with. What happened here today is truly magical and is what Christmas is all about. It was an absolute pleasure to help Santa make this dream come true for Davina. She is a very special girl. We hope the new addition to the family will bring joy to the whole Flaherty household and lead to many happy adventures in the years ahead.” Shay Kinsella, C.E.O., Share A Dream.

Children of Courage 2014

There was great excitement as 9 very special children gathered in Limerick for the 14th National Children of Courage Awards hosted by the Share A Dream Foundation. First stop a trip to see Santa courtesy of The Santa Experience .

These children, who have shown unbelievable courage and determination in the face of illness, have been selected from nominations from all over Ireland. Their determination to get as much out of life as possible in spite of their illness or disability will be honoured at the Dream Ball and National Children of Courage Awards Saturday Night in the Raddisson Hotel.

The event, hosted by the brilliant Noel Cunningham and special guest, All Ireland winning Manager Brian Cody, will include video messages of congratulations from top secret tv and sporting personalities. To top off an already exciting weekend each Children of Courage Winner will receive a Dream from the Share A Dream Foundation in the new year with requests range from a Pug Puppy, meeting Irish Rugby Heroes to Trips to Disneyland.

The children who received awards are Jake Naughton (15) from Wexford, Alex Foley (3) from Cork, Sam Carroll (4) from Meath, Oisin Pollard (15) from Carlow, Hannah May Carroll (3) from Athlone, Davina Flaherty (9) from Portumna, Bianca O’Brien (6) Fethard, Lily Mae Morrisson (6, and last but not least Ben Herbert. (8) from Dublin.

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