Disabled father and his son have a Christmas to remember

Barry Coyle and his 10-year-old son Ethan pictured with Ursula Mullan (left) and Damian Moore from the Mandarin Palace Takeaway in Lower Clarendon Street Derry.  DER5315GS009
Barry Coyle and his 10-year-old son Ethan pictured with Ursula Mullan (left) and Damian Moore from the Mandarin Palace Takeaway in Lower Clarendon Street Derry. DER5315GS009
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The Mandarin Palace Take Away made Christmas 2015 one to remember for one disabled father and his young son.

Barry Coyle, 35, has acute curvature of the spine. Barry’s condition means he struggles with his mobility and with everyday tasks such as preparing and cooking food.

Barry Coyle and his 10-year-old son Ethan pictured with Ursula Mullan (left) and Damian Moore from the Mandarin Palace Takeaway in Lower Clarendon Street Derry.  DER5315GS013

Barry Coyle and his 10-year-old son Ethan pictured with Ursula Mullan (left) and Damian Moore from the Mandarin Palace Takeaway in Lower Clarendon Street Derry. DER5315GS013

“I wanted to take my 10 year-old son Ethan out for Christmas dinner on Christmas Day but every restaurant I contacted was either fully booked or closed,” explained Barry. When my disability is at its worst I need a wheelchair to get around so trying to cook a Christmas Day dinner is a non-starter for me.”

Barry had contacted every restaurant he could think of when he decided to try the Mandarin Palace Take Away.

“I knew the restaurant had closed down because of a fire earlier in the year but I thought I would give them a try

“When I rang the Mandarin Palace I explained my situation to a lady called Ursula Mullan and she said she would look after us. She told me the restaurant wasn’t open yet but that she would get their chef to make us a special Christmas dinner.”

Barry was instructed to go to the Mandarin Palace Take Away on Christmas Eve to collect his Christmas Day dinner.

“It was amazing,” said Barry. “When I paid for the food I had no idea there would be so much. Ursula told me although turkey and ham was not on their menu they would make it especially for us. My son Ethan doesn’t like turkey and ham so we ended up having some duck - it was the best Christmas Day dinner ever.

“I can’t thank the Mandarin Palace enough for what they did for us. My family offered to cook us some Christmas dinner but I wanted to do something to make Ethan feel special - the Mandarin Palace made Ethan feel so special on Christmas Day and I can’t thank them enough for what they did.

“I was just bowled over by how generous and kind Ursula, Damian Moore and the rest of the team at the Mandarin Palace were to us.”

Ethan’s mum joined Barry and Ethan for Christmas Day dinner.

“It took me 10 minutes to heat the dinner up on Christmas Day and I can’t stress how good it was for me because of my disability.

“Ethan’s mum joined us for dinner and we had such a special day and Ethan felt like a million dollars.

“The Mandarin Palace didn’t have to go out of their way but they did and they made my son feel special.”