A little boy who is battling leukaemia received thousands of cards from all over the world yesterday after his mother posted about his birthday on Facebook.

A convoy of Garda cars also called to Fionn Doyle’s home in Kildorrery, north Cork along with a fire engine to help celebrate his seventh birthday.

Fionn was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 18 months and after 3½ years of gruelling treatment went into remission in July 2016, only to suffer a relapse in December 2016.

A bone marrow transplant last December failed to stem the cancer and Eimear Doyle and her husband, Jack and Fionn’s sister, Saoirse( 8) and stepsister, Amy (13) were told in May to brace themselves for the worst when he ended up on a ventilator in Temple Street children’s hospital. But Fionn rallied and came back home to Kildorrery.

Yesterday, his bravery was recognised when gardaí from Fermoy presented him with his own Garda uniform and medal for being a super hero while thousands of well-wishers sent him birthday cards from all over the world.