Prince Mason comes to Tallaght
Mason is a Prince for a day.
Sometimes a special boy touches many people's hearts.
Today Mason touched ours........
So who is Mason? Well he's a little boy from Gorey, Co. Wexford who happens to have Cystic Fibrosis, a wonderful sister Holly and two fantastic parents, Claire and Stephen. Turns out he also has a multitude of people who love him to bits and are prepared to go that extra mile to make him feel special.
So why are we writing about him here?
Well we got a call from an old friend wondering if we'd be free to take a few photos of this little boy who was going to be treated like a Prince for a day. Of course we said yes, and next we found ourselves battling through the early morning traffic to get to The Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght for 9.00 am. Naturally as is befitting a Prince, a huge stretch limo rolled up, complete with Garda escort and out stepped our little hero.
Prince Mason arrives in his Limo at The Square, Tallaght.Prince Mason arrives in his Limo at The Square, Tallaght.
Now when you're a Prince you get everything you want so Mason had Spiderman push him around while TV3 filmed him for the News!
Mason gets the TV3 treatmentSpiderman pushes Mason while TV3 film him for the News.
So with the help of Spiderman and Batman we went shopping in Tesco - as you do. Now to be fair, Tesco really went all out on this one. They provided two shopping trollies for Mason and Holly to fill as they please and I think the children were overawed by the choice of toys on offer. Still they managed to fill the trollies with the help of Batman and Spiderman
Shopping in TescoShopping in Tesco
Of course all that shopping makes you hungry so nothing for it only a trip to Domino's Pizza. None of your normal ordering a pizza here! No, we had the expert help of Holly who could throw dough like an expert dough thrower......
Tossing a pizza at Domino'sHolly tossing a pizza at Domino's
After the food we went back into The Square for the presentation of the awards to Mason and Holly. We also had the small matter of a €3,000 cheque from The Square made payable to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland which was presented on behalf of Mason.
Mason & Holly. The Square. Tallaght. Cystic Fibrosis.Mason & Holly. The Square. Tallaght. Cystic Fibrosis.
So what is Cystic Fibrosis?
Well it primarily affects the lungs and digestive system of those who are unfortunate enough to be affected by it;
It clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend primary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments, including in Ireland, have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease in Ireland can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond. People with CF in Ireland are increasingly going on to attend third level colleges, accessing employment, and living more independent lives, with the support of family and friends.
So we weren't really expecting much from Mason especially after all the excitement of the morning. How wrong we were! He got to play football on the hallowed turf of Shamrock Rovers and even got to score a goal or two.
Football at Tallaght StadiumAntony trying to dribble a ball past Holly.
After the football we got to meet the Chairman of Shamrock Rovers who presented Mason and Holly with two jerseys and then it was back over to The Square for more shopping. I couldn't list off all the shops we visited as there were too many. However I will say that staff in those shops we did get to were amazing. The kids got to choose everything from toys to personalised runners and jerseys, sweets, clothes - you name it. And all given free to help make Mason and Holly's day so special. Of course Claire and Stephen weren't forgotten either as they picked up some gorgeous hampers along the way.
In between all the hustle and bustle there was always time for a little quiet moment between Mason and Stephen................
Mason and StephenA quiet moment for Prince Mason and his dad.
I said earlier that I couldn't mention all the people in The Square who helped make Mason's day so special but I couldn't NOT mention the one person who made it all happen. Forget Spiderman and Batman, Antony Dempsey is the real super hero. Antony has been involved with fund raising for Cystic Fibrosis for many years now and without him this never would have happened. He pulled everyone together from the Garda escorts, the Limo company, The Square and all the shops and of course the staff who stayed with us for the day. Everyone was amazing and they made the day very special for little Mason and his big sister Holly.
Antony DempseyAntony Dempsey being interviewed by TV3
I'm not quite sure how they managed to fit all the gifts they picked up, into the limo to bring them home. Just as well it was a big limo.......
Holly and Mason at The SquareHolly and Mason at The Square with all the gifts they received.
If you enjoyed reading about Mason's big day then why not get involved in fund raising for CF Ireland - God knows they need it and Irish people are the most generous in the world when it comes to helping good causes. CF Ireland have a really good fundraising page on their website with lots of ideas on how you can get involved - so go on, have a look and see what you can do.
Keywords: cf, claire, cystic fibrosis, dominos, holly, mason, prince mason, shamrock rovers, stephen, tallaght, tesco, the square, toys
Denis thank you so much for the beautiful photo's catching very special memories of such an amazing special day, we will be forever grateful to everyone involved it really was an AMAZING day from start to finish. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH xxx
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