Friday 30 September 2016

Little Saoirse (8) has dream to be a Dublin Zookeeper granted thanks to Make-A-Wish: ‘She felt like a superstar’

Published 27/01/2016 | 12:40

Saoirse Brophy, pictured with Gerry Creighton, donned a zookeeper jumpsuit to spend the day at Dublin Zoo thanks to Make a Wish
Saoirse Brophy, pictured with Gerry Creighton, donned a zookeeper jumpsuit to spend the day at Dublin Zoo thanks to Make a Wish
Saoirse Brophy, pictured with Gerry Creighton, donned a zookeeper jumpsuit to spend the day at Dublin Zoo thanks to Make a Wish
Saoirse Brophy donned a zookeeper jumpsuit to spend the day at Dublin Zoo thanks to Make a Wish
Saoirse Brophy donned a zookeeper jumpsuit to spend the day at Dublin Zoo thanks to Make a Wish
Saoirse Brophy, pictured with Gerry Creighton, donned a zookeeper jumpsuit to spend the day at Dublin Zoo thanks to Make a Wish

A Dublin girl has fulfilled her life-long dream to be a zookeeper after her wish was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Saoirse Brophy (8) from Belgard “felt like a superstar” when she donned a zookeeper jumpsuit and was escorted by limo to spend the day in Dublin Zoo, where she acted as lead assistant to Operation’s Manager Gerry Creighton.

Saoirse’s mum Siobhan Brophy said it was an unforgettable day for her little girl, who helped feed some of the zoo’s most loved animals including the sea-lions, tigers and Harry the silver back gorilla.

“The day started off in a limo and Saoirse felt like a superstar. When she hopped out of the limo in Dublin Zoo everyone was wondering who she was,” said Saoirse’s mum Siobhan.

Saoirse Brophy donned a zookeeper jumpsuit to spend the day at Dublin Zoo thanks to Make a Wish
Saoirse Brophy donned a zookeeper jumpsuit to spend the day at Dublin Zoo thanks to Make a Wish

“Soon after Gerry Creighton pulled up in his buggy and he told her to get on. I thought she’d get to see an otter or something but she had such an in depth tour of the zoo and got to feed the sea-lions and operate the gate in the tiger enclosure and she visited Harry one of the zoo’s silver back gorillas.

“Gerry brought Saoirse to Dublin Zoo’s Conservation project which is what she’s really interested in. She loves David Attenborough and National Geographic so she loved that.

“Everyone at the zoo and in Make a Wish went so above and beyond for Saoirse and it made the day so magical,” said Siobhan.

Saoirse’s mum revealed that the trip to the zoo gave Saoirse a boost, considering her arduous daily routine which helps manage her Cystic Fibrosis.

“The trip to the zoo really gave Saoirse a boost, it was wonderful to see. Despite everything, Saoirse rarely complains and it’s so admirable how she just gets on with it.

“Our day usually starts at six in the morning when Saoirse has physio followed by her nebuliser. Then she had six different medications before school.

Saoirse Brophy donned a zookeeper jumpsuit to spend the day at Dublin Zoo thanks to Make a Wish
Saoirse Brophy donned a zookeeper jumpsuit to spend the day at Dublin Zoo thanks to Make a Wish

“Before she eats anything Saoirse has to take enzymes to help her break down her food and when she comes home she must take her nebuliser once again, and then once more before bed. She never argues and she’s so brave," said Siobhan.

Saoirse’s day spent at Dublin Zoo has inspired her to fulfil a career in animals and she hopes Operations Manager Gerry Creigton sticks to his promise and holds a job open for her.

“Jerry did mention there will be a job for her when she gets older and I don’t think Saoirse will ever let him forget that,” said Siobhan.

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