A social media campaign to help the daughter of a Clonmel woman to meet pop band One Direction has gone viral.
Orla Walsh and her brother Eoin started the campaign for their younger sister Roisin, who has Down’s Syndrome.
The campaign has steadily gained momentum in recent weeks, with more than 13,000 likes on Facebook, over 12,000 views on YouTube and retweets from Olympic boxing champion Katie Taylor, pop star Bressie, Kerry footballer Paul Galvin, Cork footballer Brian Hurley and Clare hurler Podge Collins. Tipperary hurling legend Pat Fox has also shown his support by posting it on his Facebook page.
“The response and the support from people has been amazing”, says Orla Walsh. “We never thought it would take off in the way that it has. Everybody has been just so good.
Roisin is such a special girl and would love to be given this opportunity of a lifetime when One Direction play Croke Park next May. We love her loads and will do anything it takes to make her dream come true”.
Orla, Eoin and Roisin are the daughters and son of Louise and Robbie Walsh and the family live in Moycullen, Co. Galway.
Louise is originally from Clonmel and is daughter of the late Nellie and Ted Johnson from Connolly Park, and her brothers and sisters still live in the town.
12 year-old Roisin, a sixth class pupil at Moycullen national school, has asked Santa for tickets for One Direction’s concert in Croke Park and Orla said it would be an added bonus if she could meet the band in person. A fun-loving girl with a beautiful smile, Roisin also loves sports and drama. She is a major part of the community in Moycullen and a great supporter of all activities within the village and GAA club.
She has followed One Direction since their appearance on the X Factor in 2010 and has a particular affection for Niall Horan. She has all of their songs downloaded on her iPad and listens to them before she goes to bed every night.
“We actually started the campaign about 6 months ago”, says Orla. The family hope that people will keep the campaign going on Facebook and Twitter and help raise its profile even further - band member Niall Horan’s cousin has tweeted about it and shared it on his Facebook page, while family and friends have also tweeted Niall Horan.
“We re-posted it in the last few weeks. The story has also been picked up by the newspapers in Galway and the websites Her.ie and Breakingnews.ie”.
Roisin saw the band last year at the O2 Arena in Dublin and loved it. To meet them in person would really be her dream come true.