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Take That fan Conor's RTE knockback - but there's still hope he'll get to meet his heroes

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Conor and Fauve Kenny

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Conor and Fauve Kenny

The mother of a young man with Down Syndrome who is trying to meet his favourite band hopes RTE will pull out all the stops to make his dream come true.

An online campaign to get Conor Kenny (18) on to this Friday's Late Late Show to meet his musical heroes has received widespread support, with band member Gary Barlow lending his support.

But the broadcaster yesterday cast doubt on the prospects of Conor getting on the show.

"RTE do not have the authority to agree to meet and greet with guests. Please apply for tickets online," it tweeted to his sister Fauve.

Conor's mother Angie questioned the response, which she described as "quite rude", and said she hoped it was an automated reply rather than an official refusal to help. "I'm trying to be positive and I'm hoping it came from someone who wasn't aware of the campaign we've had for Conor," she told the Herald.

"I do think that regardless of this it could have been handled better. They would have been better not responding at all rather than issuing that reply."

When RTE was contacted by the Herald yesterday, a spokesperson for the show said they could not comment.

Angie said that for Conor to meet Take That would "go beyond any present I could ever give him and would mean the world to him".

She said Conor is unaware of the campaign, that was started by Fauve.

"He would normally flick through the papers, but I kept them away from him in case he saw the articles about him," she said.

"We're trying not to mention it to him for fear of it not happening at all."

Despite the apparent setback, she is still keeping faith and hopes that it will all work out in the end.

"I'm hoping RTE will come back to us with an official answer in the next day or two and Conor's dream of meeting Take That can come true," she said.

hnews@herald.ie


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