Aviva fans shown the small arm of the law as brave Dylan fulfils dream
THIS young man is determined to keep law and order. Despite fighting health battles, Dylan Steele helped gardai at the Aviva Stadium keeping fans in check.
Six-year-old Dylan from Co Laois suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an inherited disorder that involves rapidly worsening muscle weakness.
Dylan was diagnosed with the condition when he was three years old and it has seen him get progressively weaker.
"It's a muscular disease and it gets worse as he gets older. He will need the full use of a wheelchair when he's eight or 10. There's no cure for it and they don't usually live past their late teens," explained mum Paula.
Despite his condition, Dylan is a happy little boy who loves playing with his friends and especially playing his garda role.
"He got a garda outfit for his birthday a few years ago and he loved it. He was arresting everyone. He arrested teddy bears, dolls and his sister Kerrie. He would put myself and his dad Liam in the bathroom as a holding cell. He even had a little notebook he would write things down in. He arrested Kerrie for speeding on her bike," said Paula.
Dylan's dream to become a garda came true after the Share A Dream Foundation organised for him to go on the beat at the Aviva Stadium during the Ireland vs Italy game last weekend.
Dylan was sworn into the gardai, presented with his special uniform and high visibility jacket and took on all the duties of a real garda for the day.