Gearóid set for Late Late Toy Show on quadcrasher

Gearóid set for Late Late Toy Show on quadcrasher
A smiling Gearoid Kelleher gets set for his appearance on the Late Late Toy Show.

A YOUNG Cork boy with cerebral palsy received the surprise of a lifetime after his school hatched a plan to get him on the Late Late Toy Show.

Gearóid Kelleher, from Watergrasshill, will make his television debut tonight, showcasing his ‘quadcrasher’ wheelchair made by his Special Needs Assistant at Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil in Glanmire, Megan MacMonagle, and Suzanne Moloney, who forms part of the school’s parents’ committee.

Suzanne decided to send the photograph of the adapted wheelchair, which was inspired by the video game Fortnite, to producers of the Late Late Toy Show.

Mum Sabrina said: “The Late Late Toy Show is an Irish institution so it is a real honour for Gearóid to be invited on to the show. We are getting a one in a million chance.”

A smiling Gearoid Kelleher gets set for his appearance on the Late Late Toy Show, with his pit crew: Siobhan Ni Chathain, Principal; Ranga 3 teacher Leonard O Conchuir, Suzanne and Lilly-Sue Moloney and SNA Megan MacMonagle. 
A smiling Gearoid Kelleher gets set for his appearance on the Late Late Toy Show, with his pit crew: Siobhan Ni Chathain, Principal; Ranga 3 teacher Leonard O Conchuir, Suzanne and Lilly-Sue Moloney and SNA Megan MacMonagle. 

Gearóid’s ‘quadcrasher’ sits around his wheelchair, giving the illusion of a real vehicle. Its intricate design was fashioned from recycled cardboard and includes real working lights.

The third class student rose to local fame when the costume was initially created last Halloween. Sabrina said the costume has brought Gearóid a lot of happiness.

“Stuff like this brings you right back to your own childhood,” she said.

“When he wore it everyone wanted selfies with him. He’s a real showman so loved being a celebrity.”

When Gearóid was born Sabrina had no idea what the future held.

“There’s a lot of fear around hearing that your baby will have a disability. It’s a very negative time as you’re not sure if your child will be able to do things like crawl or talk. Now, things are so much better. Gearóid is a very outgoing and witty child.”

The announcement about Gearóid’s television appearance was made at his school’s assembly. 

“They’re all very excited and have been giving him tips on what to say if he has to talk on air.”

“All of Gearóid’s SNAs have had lovely and unique attributes but it was Megan who set this precedent. It’s a fantastic school and we are so grateful for everything they have done.”

Principal at the school, Siobhán Ní Chathain extended her congratulations to the family.

"We are thrilled for Gearóid that he will fulfil every child's dream of a spot on the Late Late Toy Show. It is a wonderful story and a shining example of all that Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil represents, inclusivity, innovation, co-operation between parents, teachers pupils and the wider community all coming together for the common good," she said.

Gearóid has three siblings-Áine (17), Bobby (12) and Liam (10).

Tonight will be Ryan Tubridy’s 10th show, and the 43rd Toy Show overall.

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