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Irishman whose dad died recently and mum battling cancer gets best birthday gift

Malahide man Philip Walsh had feared he would miss out on celebrating his big day

23/05/2020 22:00:00

Dublin man whose dad died recently and mum battling cancer gets best birthday surprise from emergency services

Malahide man Philip Walsh had feared he would miss out on celebrating his big day

Malahide man Philip Walsh had feared he would miss out on celebrating his 27th birthday due to the coronavirus.The sport-mad lad, who has Down syndrome, has had a tough time lately after his dad sadly died suddenly six weeks ago and his mum is currently going through chemotherapy, Dublin Live reports.

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But thanks to an appeal from Ireland legend Robbie Keane, Philip had a day to remember, including having a fleet of emergency services vehicles blare their sirens for him.Goal-scoring hero Keane visited Philip earlier this week and presented him with an Ireland jersey before taking to social media to ask people to send cards and well wishes.

He wrote: "Philip has been reading in the paper about people who can't have a birthday party but are getting 100s of cards in the post.Sign-up for the Irish Mirror newsletter Sign up for our newsletter today!Simply pop your e-mail into the box at the top of this article and get all the latest news and entertainment direct to you

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"Philip's birthday wish is to get as many Birthday cards as possible."I would really appreciate it if you could spread the word around the nation to send Philip a birthday card and help make his wish come true."Philips family reached out to spread the word and asked if anyone could send him a card it would mean the world to him.

"Today, I dropped over some birthday cards and an Ireland jersey to Philip."Let's try to make Philips birthday a special one, and help make his birthday one to remember."And it turned out to be quite the day for Philip with footage showing him beaming from ear to ear as garda cars, fire engines and ambulances drove in a procession past him and presented him with cards and gifts.

Gardai said: "Gardai in Malahide joined Philip Walsh to celebrate his 27th birthday today with plenty of lights and sirens from the Emergency Services!"Philip has been having a tough time lately and we were delighted to attend his birthday celebrations!

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