Castleisland Connection Just Keeps on Rolling for Build4Life Poster Boy Aaron

Aaron O'Leary in hospital in the UK last December.
Aaron O’Leary in hospital in the UK last December.

It was CF Campaigner, Joe Browne who labelled young Cork lad, Aaron O’Leary the ‘Build4Life Poster Boy’ during the height of the campaign in 2008.

Aaron popped up again just before last Christmas. On the RTÉ One evening news on December 18th there was a good news story about a young Cork boy who received a double lung transplant at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle in the UK.

One of Aaron’s doctors on that momentous occasion was our own Dr. James Lordan and Joe Browne praised him to the heavens and said that Castleisland should be so proud of him.

Build4Life Project

The ‘Poster Boy’ bit came about during Joe’s Build4Life project in Clonough in 2008 when the two houses he built for the campaign were being advertised for sale there at the time.

Build4Life campaign founder, Joe Browne highlighting Mike McAuliffe's good deed. ©
Build4Life campaign founder, Joe Browne highlighting Mike McAuliffe’s good deed. ©

Aaron posed for promotional photographs with other children back then and the pictures made it onto posters.

That was then. Now Aaron is back living life to the full and another Castleisland connection came into play last week when his family came down to Caherdaniel on holiday.

Dream Machines

McAuliffe’s Trucking – no strangers to elaborate looking dream machines, stepped in to fulfill Aaron’s dream of arriving to his holiday destination in the cab of one of the huge rigs.

In a text to ensure we knew of Mike McAuliffe’s noble deed, Joe Browne wrote:

Big American Rig

“Local businessman, Mike McAuliffe made Aaron’s day a lot more special as he arranged to have him escorted from Cork to Caherdaniel – where his family has a caravan for the summer – in the big American Rig which Aaron adores.

“Fair play to them for taking time out on a Saturday of a bank holiday weekend to give this kid such a big thrill,” said Joe.