Benhaffaf twins get Shannon’s special VIP treatment
13th April 2018 - 3:25pm
Shannon Airport got new task masters as Ireland’s most special twins, Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, took on the role of Operation Managers at the historic airport. The Cork twins, who were conjoined at birth but survived thanks to a miraculous operation to separate them, have spent the last eight years of their lives in and out of surgery. The courageous twins, who have already had 45 operations and are facing a lifetime of surgery, landed at Shannon and boldly took to their temporary task as operations managers.
The initiative was all part of a weekend treats in the region put together for the twins by Share A Dream founder Shay Kinsella after he met the boys and their mother Angie. Said the boy’s mother Angie: “We’ve had a brilliant two days and today at Shannon capped it all. The airport staff couldn’t have been more helpful. It’s a busy day for the airport but they were so generous with their time and the boys loved every minute of it. Shannon Heritage has given us family passes to their visitor attractions at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and King John’s Castle and we are really looking forward to availing of these.”
Said Shay Kinsella, Share A Dream Founder: “This has been a great two days for the boys and they deserve it. Shannon Airport came up trumps for them. We just put the ask to the airport and Niall Maloney and all of the airport staff couldn’t have been more welcoming. It’s easy know why Shannon has such a strong community reputation; they really get behind you as we’ve seen today with the boys. They smiled from ear to ear and they have made true friends in the boys and their family for sure.”
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