Saturday 3 December 2016

Ursula Halligan says 'thank you from the bottom of my heart' as she's bowled over with love by flower bouquet

Published 17/05/2015 | 18:59

Ursula Halligan received this bouquet of flowers, thanks to contributions made by Twitter users.
Ursula Halligan received this bouquet of flowers, thanks to contributions made by Twitter users.

Ursula Halligan received a massive show of support from some of Ireland’s Twitter users who sent her a massive bouquet of red and white roses this week.

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TV3’s political editor, who came out as gay on Friday in a series of emotional media interviews, was bowled over when a group of supporters on Twitter organised for funds to be raised for the flowers.

The flower arrangement, created by Dublin's Clontarf Florist, is called "Bowled Over With Love".

Helen O’Rahilly, who is based in London, organised a collection for the bouquet on Friday.

Speaking to independent.ie today, Ms O’Rahilly said: “I organised getting the bouquet to her. I saw the raction on Twitter and the outpouring of support for Ursula, and people saying they were in tears and I just thought this was a cathartic moment... I just thought we have to do something about this.”

“I suggested [raising money for a bouquet] on Twitter because there were hundreds of tweets [about Ursula’s story], and people were saying they’d love to contribute.”

“There was enough money for the biggest bouquet [Clontarf Florist] do, just as a gesture. It was an incredibly courageous thing for a very high profile and private person to do and we were very proud of her.”

Ursula rang Ms O’Rahilly this evening to personally thank her supporters for the flowers.

“We had a really, really nice chat, and she said “from the bottom of my heart, thank everyone for that.”

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