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Thursday 23 October 2014

Conor gets looming for Gaza

Anne Campbell

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

Conor Magennis

A SEVEN-year-old boy from Dundalk has made good use of being confined to bed after a leg injury - he's busy making loom bands for Gaza!

Conor Magennis from Cooley Park was so moved by what he saw happening to children his own age in Gaza that he asked to attend the solidarity protest in Dundalk. He stood beside his father Paddy, his grandparents and little sister at last week's vigil at the Market Square.

Paddy said: 'Unfortunately, over the weekend Conor fell and injured his leg and has been confined to the house and to bed. When we told him he wouldn't be able to jump around or play football he didn't care. All he cared about was not being able to support the children in Gaza.'

But Conor wasn't content to sit in bed and do nothing. He asked his gran Maria to buy him some of the hugely popular elastics known as loom bands, and he is now spending his time making special Gaza loom band bracelets.

Conor said: 'I am going to sell them for whatever anybody wants to pay me. Then when I get all the money, I am going to buy books and pencils for the children in Gaza to bring to school.'

Proud Paddy said: 'I'm so proud of him, he is just seven years old and this is all his own idea.' You can get one of Conor's Gaza loom bracelets for a donation at Gerry Adams office in Crowe Street. They are already selling fast.

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