Joy for Josh as he is made honorary guard

Tamara O’Connell

A YOUNG Dundalk boy who was born with a congenital heart condition, has been made an honorary guard by the Little Blue Heroes Foundation.

Josh O’Hagan, aged 12, from Coulter Place was made an honorary guard on Thursday, December 23 last.
“It was a great day. He had a ball. It was amazing,” said Josh’s mother, Mags.
“Some guards from Dundalk Garda Station arrived over to the house around 3.30pm. There was a couple of family members there too to cheer Josh on.

“They gave him a wee outfit and he went into the house to try it on. He was delighted with himself.”
She added: “We took some photos and I made a video of him and then the guards took him out for a little spin out the road in the garda car.

“They presented him with a medal as well. He was very excited. There was a big smile on his face. He was gobsmacked.
“He got a selection box and a Nerf gun as a present too, and myself and my husband, Niall, were presented with a hamper full of lovely things.”

Mags continued: “There were vouchers for places around town in there too and a lovely Tipperary Crystal Christmas tree bauble.
“We couldn’t thank them enough for everything they did for us. We were overwhelmed. It was a day we will never forget.”

Josh has an older sister, Alicia, and a twin sister, Kim, and a younger brother, Jamie. He attends Scoil Naofa in Kilcurry and is due to start in St Mary’s College later this year with his sister, Kim.
Josh was born with a congenital heart condition and has undergone three heart operations. His final one took place in 2014 when he was just four-years-old.

“He’s doing really well. He has a hole in his heart so they have to keep an eye on him but thank God he’s doing well. He goes for check-ups in Crumlin every six months,” said Mags.

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