DAD-OF-THREE Martin Keoghan will undertake a major cycle from Swords to Enniscorthy later this month in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC).
The fundraiser aims to give back to the Dublin-based clinic which has provided support to the family and their two-year-old son Brady, who has Cerebral Palsy.
Martin and fiancé Dymphna were overjoyed when their first son Brady was born in April 2018, joining sisters Emily, now 14 and seven-year-old Sandy.
Despite being born blue and kept in hospital for two days, baby Brady and mum Dymphna returned to the family home at River Valley, Swords, with no health worries noted.
Martin told Dublin Gazette: “It wasn’t until he was about six to eight months old that we realised he wasn’t hitting some of his development markers.
“He wasn’t sitting up and wasn’t using the right-hand side of his body. We took him to a physiotherapist in Oldtown whose daughter coincidentally has Cerebral Palsy. She recognised the symptoms immediately and asked us so many questions.”
Despite his many health issues, Brady is a very happy, curious little two-year old according to his doting dad. “He loves playing with cars, spinning wheels, and being out the back garden on the trampoline,” said Martin.
“He absolutely loves his little electric car and is a big ‘Toy Story’ fan – a bit of Woody but Duke Caboom is his favourite.”
Sadly, Brady only had one playdate with the CRC when the pandemic spread and restrictions were imposed.
Martin said: “Finally, he had his MRI the week before last week and we got the results – his condition is worse than originally thought. There are ‘breaks’ on both sides of the brain so they are surprised that he can walk.
“While he does have balance issues, he’s a determined little chap. He only has a few words but totally understands everything we say and is well able to communicate his needs. He will take us by the hand and show us when he wants a drink or a treat.”
Martin and Dymphna feel the CRC are going to be a big factor in Brady’s life going forward and therefore want to support the amazing work carried out at the clinic.
With the couple’s wedding and honeymoon postponed due to the pandemic, along with a family holiday planned later this year, Martin took up cycling.
On August 22 Martin, along with friends and family including his father in law and three brothers in law will cycle from Texaco Swords to Treacy’s Hotel, Enniscorty, Wexford.
To donate visit www.gofundme.com/f/cycle-to-enniscorthy-for-the-crc-ireland