Seamus donates to 'miracle' Belfast Blue's fund

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Everton star Seamus Coleman has made a 5,000 donation to help fulfil Daire Flannagan's wish of travelling to Goodison Park to his Blue heroes.

The six-year-old has overcome massive odds after being born with a rare genetic condition known as Apert Syndrome which doctors claimed meant he was unlikely to survive beyond 48 hours after he was born.

The Republic of Ireland international sent a message to West Belfast Evertonian's Facebook page:

"I read Daire's story online and would love to help get him his trip to Goodison next season. I made a donation of 5 thousand pounds and hope that can help get Daire and his family a safe trip to Liverpool. Looking forward to seeing you at a game next season."

According to a report on BelfastLive's website, Everton have already been in touch Daire's family to offer him tickets to a game of his choice next season but it's the travel arrangements that are the most difficult for the family because he has had to fly via Air Ambulance in the past.

"[T]he boat might be the best option," said his mother, Colette. "I can't see why he couldn't go on the boat but the only thing is his concentration span and trying to keep him entertained but we'll hopefully get there."

Meanwhile, Ciaran Rogan, who set up the fundraising campaign for Daire said has bowled over when he received the message from Seamus.

"It's absolutely outstanding and overwhelming to know that a true blue player has given his support to something like this and to help a young lad out.

"It was overpowering message to receive."

Quotes or other material sourced from Belfast Live

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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 12/03/2016 at 04:43:20
Class act, Seamus. Well done. You make us proud.
Paul Andrews
2 Posted 12/03/2016 at 06:36:07
Once again one of our players shows his, and the club's, class. It makes your head lift a little higher and your chest stick out a bit more.

Let’s give it to these today boys. COYB

Mike Green
3 Posted 12/03/2016 at 06:42:30
Top man, well done Seamus and best wishes to Daire and his family.
Darren Hind
4 Posted 12/03/2016 at 06:44:12
Just been reading the Speedo Mick piece . .then right on its heels I see this. As Mike says, Seamus is a class act.

Some club we are.

Get in there Daire lad

Mike Green
5 Posted 12/03/2016 at 06:56:34
Me too Darren, along with Niasse's story. Humbled by them all.
Gerry Quinn
6 Posted 12/03/2016 at 12:21:27
Isn’t it lovely to read so many heartwarming stories about what Everton, the club, the players and also EitC do to bring so much joy to all of these lovely kids?

Enjoy your day out, brave Diare – you are, and will be, yet another part of the history of our beautiful Everton family.

Kase Chow
7 Posted 12/03/2016 at 19:42:09
Top man Coleman and back to your best today fella

Great win!!

Will Leaf
8 Posted 12/03/2016 at 20:51:22
Brilliant gesture, Seamus.

Safe journey over, and enjoy your match day, Daire!

Paul Andrews
9 Posted 12/03/2016 at 20:58:10
Hope your dancing tonight, Daire.
Shane Corcoran
10 Posted 12/03/2016 at 22:41:03
Good man Seamus.
Seb Niemand
11 Posted 13/03/2016 at 04:05:42
It's stuff like this that makes you realise how important it is to know our club turns good men as well as good players.
Terry Underwood
12 Posted 13/03/2016 at 17:29:11
This great club of ours has something so many clubs seem to have lost in the avalanche of Premier League money. We have more than class, we have a soul... but we already knew that, didn’t we?

Brilliantly done by Seamus Coleman; I hope the little lad has the best time.

Derek Williams
13 Posted 13/03/2016 at 18:38:40
Well in Seamus, you're a star in more ways than one!

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