Family and fans fly flag for Chris

THE last time Eurovision hopeful Chris Doran’s mother flew it was on a very different mission.

As 59-year-old Margaret made her way towards the check-in desk at Dublin airport yesterday to head to Istanbul for the Eurovision, she admitted this was a flight she was actually looking forward to. She can't wait to see her son on stage and be among the 9,000-strong crowd at the Istanbul basketball arena tomorrow night.

"The last time I flew, it was to Medjugorje. I went out that time to pray for Chris. It was around the time he was very sick with cancer. . It was five years ago. I'll be praying for him again on Saturday night but it too will be a very different type of prayer.

"All Chris ever wanted to do was sing. And Saturday night will be his big night. He was spared and left on this earth for a reason and I think it was for him to sing. I'm nervous for him, sure I am, but I'm also very, very proud of him. We all are," Margaret said.

The Waterford woman couldn't decide what to wear for tomorrow night's final so she packed the lot.

"I'm not one for dresses at all. I'm more a trouser- suit woman. I've packed a few of them because I simply couldn't decide what to wear. Between them and all the teddy bears Chris got from fans and asked me to pack, I could be over the weight."

Half of Margaret's neighbours on Waterford's close-knit Hennessy's Road have made the trip.

"The support we've gotten from family and friends has been fantastic. You only have to look around us," she said. "We've had letters, cards, mass cards, rosary beads and teddy bears from people all over the country. They are as proud of Chris as I am."

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