Week 3: 

Our third Feel Good Friday of November sees us spend the day with Ciaran, Katie, Aila and Evie from Graiguecullen, Carlow town.

The family was nominated by an old college friend, Pete, who saw the family’s life play out on social media over the past year.

The letter read:

Katie Delaney is a friend of mine from college, I don’t know her very well, like a lot of college friends I see their lives play out on social media. Katie has had a tough year, here’s just a taste of what she’s been through… in October 2018, Katie got the news that every mother dreads. After one trip to St. Lukes in Kilkenny, five trips to UHW and seven journeys to Holles Street in Dublin she found out her baby would need to fight hard to have a chance of making it into this world.

Katie’s baby was diagnosed with a Cystic Hygroma, a large fluid-filled sac on her face and neck. When I saw her post on Facebook it really struck a cord. She ended it with, “For as much as she’s fighting we’ll fight out here, I know my gut and at 28 weeks she didn’t deserve to battle this world just yet.”,

After a very stressful pregnancy Evie was born on December 5th. 43 amazing people worked together in one theatre to ensure she made it into this world. She needed a tracheostomy and was sedated for four days.

 Evie was 12 weeks when she left her room in the hospital for the first time and finally breathed fresh air, and came home to Carlow for the first time when she was six months old. The Delaneys have been through a lot since with numerous hospital visits and infections.

Watching Katie and her partner go through the last year has been nothing short of inspirational. Evie is a happy baby, full personality and it’s down to the amazing parenting of Katie and Ciaran and I’d like to see them have a Feel Good Friday!

Shonagh and the Beat crew travelled up to Carlow at the crack of dawn to land the surprise to an unsuspecting Ciaran & Katie.

Here’s how it panned out on air:

 

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While our Sho was treating the fam to some brekkie, Gaston the singing chef popped over to give a helping hand!

Katie’s special day continued in Berlin Hair Lounge where she got her hair and make-up done. Gorgeous!

 

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Week 2: We treat a prolific charity fundraiser in Waterford

For our second instalment of Feel Good Friday, we treated the incredible Louise Fraher from Waterford.

Louise was nominated by the staff at Waterford’s Solas Cancer Support Centre, who described her as “larger than life – a great friend and ambassador for our service.”

In April 2017 Louise lost her brother Michael to cancer.

In recognition of the invaluable support provided by the Solas Centre for bereaved families, Louise put her organisational skills to use and in October last year hosted a Pink to Make the Boys Wink hair dyeing event to raise funds and raise awareness of breast cancer.

In one salon the event raised an impressive €5,000. For 2019, Louise decided to go bigger and better.

So far, it is mission accomplished with the fundraiser bringing in over €20,000 and counting.

The Solas Centre went on to tell us that Louise’s beaming smile, hysterical laugh and constant messing have “lit up the past twelve months.”

With this in mind, we had to make Louise the centre of this week’s Feel Good Friday.

Check out what happened when our Shonagh surprised Louise this morning…

First, it was off to Hook & Ladder in Waterford for a spot of brekkie.

Tummies full, The Limo Company whisked Louise & Shonagh away to McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre for some much-needed retail therapy.

Baby how you feelin’?

 

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How ya feelin Louise?😂Feel Good Friday continues at @petermarkhair @carraig_donn @macdonaghjunction 💗

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En route to Dublin with our Pink Lady Louise for Feel Good Friday with The Limo Company💗 pic.twitter.com/KHPySsG1wY

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As if we needed any more proof of her singing prowess, Louise belted out Dolly Parton’s ‘9 To 5’ with the gals to round out a fantastic day.

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Week 1: We Returned to Previous Feel Good Friday Recipients

We kicked off Feel Good Friday 2019 with a very special edition on Beat Breakfast where we caught up with some of our previous Feel Good Friday recipients.

On November 3rd 2017, we surprised Ethan Glynn at his home in Ballon, Co. Carlow. Ethan has a condition called congenital pseudoarthrosis of the tibia and he had to make the difficult decision of whether or not to have his leg amputated. Ethan was nominated by his friend Daniel. A lot has changed over the past two years and Ethan’s story is truly inspirational.

On November 2nd 2018, we turned up on the door-step of an unsuspecting Katie Murphy in the Ballagh, Co Wexford. Katie was nominated by her best friend Lisa Jackman who described her as a powerhouse. Katie’s son Joe was diagnosed with severe autism when he just eighteen months and remains non-verbal. Katie has faced many challenges but the past year has seen her achieve so much.

On November 11th 2016, we surprised our colleague here in Beat, Alice Phelan live on air. Earlier that year Alice had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer when her son Billy was just one. Alice’s husband Brian spoke about her journey and how much he admired her. Three years on and life has changed for the better.

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