Pupils arrange for Sunderland teacher to meet pop idol Ronan Keating for 30th birthday

St. Aidan's School teacher Nicola Redpath with year 10 pupils who recently met Ronan Keating in London.
St. Aidan's School teacher Nicola Redpath with year 10 pupils who recently met Ronan Keating in London.
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LIFE was a rollercoaster for a Sunderland teacher when her pupils arranged for her to meet her idol Ronan Keating.

Before she turns 30 on January 5, Nicola Redpath has created a wish list of things she wanted to do - topped by the chance to get a selfie with the former Boyzone frontman.

She has been sharing her list with pupils from her English and media class who made it their mission to fix it for her to meet her pop idol - no matter what.

Ahead of a trip to London to see the Irish star in the musical Once, the St Aidan’s Catholic Academy pupils began tweeting the singer and the rest of the cast to see if they could arrange a meeting. Little did they realise they’d be treated to an exclusive Q&A with Ronan and the cast. And as well as Miss Redpath getting her selfie, the boys were able to quiz the star for half an hour about life in the spotlight.

Nicola, who has been a fan of Ronan since she was 15, said: “Ronan was nice and down to earth, it was great that he took the time do that. The boys all know how much of a big fan of Ronan’s I am, I make them listen to the songs in class.

“I didn’t find out about the meeting until we were on the way down to London. The boys did the school so proud. And it was a great chance for them to build their media skills. They asked Ronan all sorts of questions about his career and the media, he was very open with them.”

Brodie Fascia, 14, was one of the Year 10 pupils who helped to arrange the Q&A.

“Miss Redpath had told us about Ronan in class and I had heard of him already as my mam is a bit obsessed with him too,” he said.

“We sent some tweets and things progressed from there.

“We knew we were getting a Q&A with the cast, but they said they couldn’t guarantee Ronan would be there as he’s so busy. We stayed behind in the theatre after the show and he was the first one out. We couldn’t believe it.

“He even did a message for my mam on my iPhone. She began crying when she saw it. He was a lovely guy.

“It was a fantastic opportunity and I think I speak for everyone in the class when I say it improved our media and interview skills.”