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Ardee Gardai join calls for Barlow’s Ardee visit

Barry Landy | 27th April, 2016 at 2:08pm

The campaign to bring Gary Barlow to Ardee for Conor McIntyre’s birthday in June has received a boost – after Ardee Gardai got on board to offer their support to the cause today (Wednesday).

While there is no suggestion that officers from Ardee station will cuff the Take That singer and drag him kicking and screaming to the town for Conor’s bash – they have come out to lend their support to the bid to get the British pop star to Ardee.

Outgoing Superintendent Andrew Watters was joined by two officers outside of the station where they posed with a huge banner for the campaign. Watch the (admittedly short!) video below.

They weren’t the only outfit in Ardee getting out on the street in support of Conor’s big wish either. On Monday this week, staff from John C Kieran’s solicitors came out to get behind the campaign. Last week, we brought you the story that McGoey’s Pharmacy had dedicated an entire window display on their Market Street shop to Conor’s campaign.

Now, the huge cardboard cut out of Take That frontman Barlow from that window has been doing the rounds throughout Ardee. It’s been at Ardee Golf Club, where Conor’s party will take place on Saturday June 11th, and all the way through the town up to the Ardee St Marys pitch.

Will Conor get to meet the real deal in June? If he is, he needs your help to make it happen. Use the hashtags #milestonebirthday #getgarytoconors30th and #barlowforbond on Twitter and retweet as much as you can to generate interest in Conor’s campaign and get it trending. Like many locals have been doing, as has entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star Gavin Duffy (below).

Conor, who has Down Syndrome, is very well known among the town, from working one of his several (four to be precise!) jobs and always offering a friendly face to friends and locals. Now, his love for the Take That frontman is known too! Hopefully, it will be enough to convince Gary to make an appearance in Ardee in June.

To keep up to date with the campaign, you can follow the Twitter account – here. You can also help raise awareness of the campaign by using the hashtags #getgarytoconors30th, #milestonebirthday and #barlowforbond.

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