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Take That fan Conor Kenny with his sister Fauve

Take That fan Conor Kenny with his sister Fauve

Take That fan Conor Kenny with his sister Fauve

Rte have apologised to the mother of the Take That superfan who's campaign to meet his favourite band this Friday has gone viral.

Angie Kenny said the national broadcaster apologised for their automated Twitter response when her daughter, Fauve, attempted to contact the station.

The tweet has since been removed.

Ms Kenny's son Conor's bid to appear on this weeks Late Late show has received national attention, with Take That band members Gary Barlow and Howard Donald voicing their support for a meet and greet.

A producer from RTE yesterday rang Ms Kenny to apologise for the Twitter reply her daughter received, saying it was an automated Twitter response.

"The producer said they'd only started working towards the show today, so they didn't receive my emails or tweets until now" Ms Kenny told the Herald.

"I appreciated the call, it was a nice gesture given the reply we got yesterday" she added. RTE also told Ms Kenny that they were still working on getting her son on, or tickets to, the show but added that they haven't got a definite answer yet.

Fauve's campaign to get her brother on the Late Late Show went viral last week when she posted a Facebook status saying meeting the band would "make his life" and it was shared almost 6,000 times.

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Fauve also spread the message on Twitter, a social media she hadn't used since February until her friends suggested it in order to spread the word.

"She hadn't used her Twitter account in almost a year, she just hadn't bothered with it. Then a friend suggested it because the message can be spread so quickly" Ms Kenny said.

A tweet was subsequently picked up by Take That singer Gary Barlow, who responded "on it" when asked to "make it happen" by one Twitter user.

Conor's mother also expressed her delight at the feedback her son's drive to meet the group had received.

"The number of people getting behind the campaign and well wisher's has really been great.

"You think you don't know anyone and then all of a sudden you have the entire country cheering you on, it's been fantastic" Ms Kenny said.

Despite the deadline for an announcement from the Late Late Show fast approaching, she is still keeping the faith and hopes that the broadcaster will respond to the nation's plea to make Conor Kenny's dream of meeting his idols come true.

hnews@herald.ie


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