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A Waterford radio station surprised a widowed father with a trip to London

As one texter said: “All the feels”.

Source: Beat 102 103/YouTube

A WIDOWED WATERFORD man is in London watching his beloved Fulham FC today after radio station Beat 102-103 surprised him yesterday.

Fiachra O’Ceilleachair lost his wife Siobhán to melanoma in 2013 and was left to raise his three children – ten-year-old Ruan, seven-year-old Sadhbh and four-year-old Grainne – alone.

Yesterday he was invited into the Beat studios, thinking he was going to talk about a fundraising initiative for the South East’s cancer support facility, The Solas Centre.

However, hosts on the stations’s flagship talk show Beat Breakfast, as part of their Feel Good Friday campaign, surprised him with the trip.

He was told that the station is whisking him off to London for the weekend where, along with a two night stay at a luxury four star hotel, he’s also going to see his favourite soccer club, Fulham. The club have arranged for him to meet the players after the game.

One of Fiachra’s friends will mind the children, who will be taken to Tayto Park for the day tomorrow.

Chief Executive of Beat 102-103 Gabrielle Cummins said that Fiachra was a worthy recipient of the surprise.

“All of us at Beat have been absolutely blown away by the strength of character of Fiachra and his relentless commitment to ensuring Ruan, Sadhbh and Grainne all have the best possible life experiences that he can provide.”

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