CF Hero and Build4Life Poster Boy Arron O’Leary RIP

2015: Eleven-year-old, double lung transplant recipient, Arron O'Leary, from Ballinhassig, Co. Cork (centre) and as a four-year-old 'Poster-Boy' for the Build4Life campaign in Castleisland in 2008. On right is Castleisland native, Dr. James Lordan who is a member of the medical team at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

2015: Eleven-year-old, double lung transplant recipient, Arron O’Leary, from Ballinhassig, Co. Cork (centre) and as a four-year-old ‘Poster-Boy’ for the Build4Life campaign in Castleisland in 2008. On right is Castleisland native, Dr. James Lordan who is a member of the medical team at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Over the past couple of years, CF Campaigner, Joe Browne brought us several bits of good news about a brave little Corkman, Arron O’Leary.

It was Joe who labelled his little friend the ‘Build4Life Poster Boy’ during the height of the campaign in 2008.

Joe was in touch this evening to let us know that his and the O’Leary family’s brave little man has gone to where all heroes are free from pain eternally. Arron was just 13 years of age.

Arron’s connection with Castleisland and his Poster Boy tag came about when he posed as a safety helmeted, high vis jacketed, shovel carrying workman / model in front of the houses built and sold by Joe Browne for the campaign almost a decade ago.

Joe Browne and his Build4Life 'Poster Boy' Arron O'Leary who passed away earlier today.

Joe Browne and his Build4Life ‘Poster Boy’ Arron O’Leary who passed away earlier today.

Connection Strengthened

Then before Christmas 2015 the Castleisland connection was strengthened further when Barrack Street’s Dr. James Lordan was part of the medical staff at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle in the UK – where Arron underwent a double lung transplant.

Only last May, Joe was in touch again when Arron and his family came to Caherdaniel on holiday.

Castleisland firm, McAuliffe’s Trucking stepped in to fulfill Arron’s dream of arriving to his holiday destination in the cab of one of the huge rigs.

Big American Rig

“Local businessman, Mike McAuliffe made Arron’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 Arron 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 in response to McAuliffe’s kind gesture.

The late Arron O’Leary

Mike McAuliffe and his VIP co-driver, Arron O'Leary on arrival at their destination in Caherdaniel.  Photograph courtesy of Build4Life.

Mike McAuliffe and his VIP co-driver, Arron O’Leary on arrival at their destination in Caherdaniel. Photograph courtesy of Build4Life.

The death has occurred of Arron O’Leary, Upper Adamstown,  Ballinhassig, Cork.

On February 14-2017. Peacefully at his home after an illness borne with great dignity. Arron, dearly loved son of Paul and Caroline (née Waters) and loving brother of Cian.

Sadly missed by his loving parents; brother; grandparents; uncles; aunts; cousins; relatives and a large circle of friends.

Lying in repose at the Wilton Funeral Home; Sarsfield Road of Jerh. O’Connor Ltd., on Wednesday from 5pm until prayers at 7pm.

Requiem Mass at 11am on Thursday in the Church of Mary, Mother of God, Ballygarvan.

Funeral afterwards to St. James’ Cemetery, Chetwynd. Donations in lieu of flowers to: Marymount Hospice; Build 4 life and the C.F.A.I. House private please.

May he rest in Peace. Date Published: Tuesday 14th February 2017. Date of Death: Tuesday 14th February 2017.

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