Limerick’s Damien says ‘Hello’ to Lionel Richie

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Damien Woods, Old Singland Road, with his hero Lionel Richie, who he got to meet in Dublin before a concert thanks to Clare's Wish Foundation
A LIMERICK charity made a young man’s dream come true by organising a meeting with his idol - Lionel Richie.

A LIMERICK charity made a young man’s dream come true by organising a meeting with his idol - Lionel Richie.

Damien Woods, aged 29, from Glenbrook, Old Singland Road, got to meet the American singing legend when he performed in Dublin on March 11.

Damien, who has spina bifida and hydrocephalus, even got his 1983 Lionel Riche LP autographed. His mum, Cora, read a story about Clare’s Wish Foundation founded by Doon man, Kevin Clancy. The charity endeavours to make wishes come through. Cora noticed that Kevin’s sister Clare - who the charity is named after - had spina bifida.

“Damien got the tickets as a Christmas present so I rang on the off-chance he could organise a meeting,” said Cora.

Sure enough, Damien got to meet his hero before the concert.

“Lionel was lovely. He gave Damien a big hug when he came in. He signed the LP and was surprised to see one from 1983 in perfect condition. Damien was on cloud nine,” said Cora.

The massive Manchester Utd fan was joined in Dublin by mum and dad, Cora and Declan, and he certainly had a great story for siblings, Killian and Simone and goddaughter, Grace, when he got home.

Kevin got in touch with Lionel Richie’s management company in Bristol. They gave him a contact in Los Angeles.

“I was put through to three different ladies and after six hours on the phone I finally broke down the barriers to make this wish come true for Damien. We were more than delighted to bring this wish to life,” said Kevin, who added that they badly need funds to continue their work and are asking for groups to join them in the Great Limerick Run in May. Ring 061633301 or email clareswishfoundation@gmail.com for more.