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Fauve and Conor Kenny

Fauve and Conor Kenny

Fauve and Conor Kenny

TAKE That superfan Conor Kenny is one step closer to meeting his idols as Gary Barlow has picked up on his sister's online campaign.

Fauve Kenny, from Finglas, began a Facebook and Twitter campaign to convince Ryan Tubridy to line up a meet with the band as they jet in for this week's Late Late Show.

Her brother Conor (18), who has Down Syndrome, is a life-long fan of the boyband.

Conor's older sister Fauve began the campaign when she heard that the band would return to RTE next Friday.

"This is a real long shot but Take That are on the Late Late... [we] hope that somehow, somebody sees this that can arrange for Conor to meet Take That," she said.

The image came to the attention of Take That star Howard Donald who tweeted bandmate Gary Barlow to ask him to "Extend [his] Christmas spirit" and "make his dream come true".

But the campaign stepped up another notch when Gary Barlow saw the post.

However, Conor was still in the dark as to what might be afoot.

His mum Angie told the Herald that she was hopeful the meeting would happen but that she would be keeping it a suprise for now.

"You couldn't put into writing how much this would mean to him. It's all he talks about and listens to," she said.

"He has a keyboard in his room and plays along to every song," added his proud mum.

Conor has been to see Gary Barlow play in both Glasgow and Belfast but his mum managed to secure tickets to their Dublin gig in the New Year which will be in Conor's stocking on Christmas day.

"That was to be the surprise but this might just override it," she joked.

She is not worried that her son will be starstruck when he comes face to face with his heroes.

"There will be the awe-factor when he meets them I think but he will make himself known," she said. "He's a character, he will be straight in with the chatter and shaking their hands.

"They'll definitely remember him if they meet him."

Conor turned 18 in February and even had a Gary Barlow cake to mark the occasion.

His mum has emailed his story to Ryan Tubridy in the hope that he can make Conor's dream come true.

hnews@herald.ie


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