Wednesday 18 October 2017

Celebrities surprise sick children in Crumlin hospital

COMEDIAN Brendan O’Carroll continued what has become an annual tradition for the actor – visiting the kids of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

The ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ star brought some festive cheer to the patients and their families today, as part of the Heinz Celebrity Ward Walk.

He was joined by a host of well-known faces, including Mary Byrne, Keith Barry, Rosanna Davison and ‘Love/Hate’ actor Laurence Kinlan.

BAFTA-winning O’Carroll, a father-of-three, has been visiting the Dublin hospital every December for the past 10 years.

The Florida-based actor, who was accompanied by his wife Jenny Gibney and co-star Rory Cowan, said meeting some of the families that spend months on end in the wards, makes him appreciate how lucky he is.

The event is staged to help raise funds for patient services.

Brian Ormond and Brian McFadden sing with hospital staff and celebrities at the Celebrity Ward Wark at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins.
Brian Ormond and Brian McFadden sing with hospital staff and celebrities at the Celebrity Ward Wark at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins.
Brendan O'Carroll and his wife Jenny (second from right) with Sean Reid (5) from Carlow and his mum, Pamela Hutton and grandmother, Kathleen at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins.
Zoe Lonergan (2) from Firhouse sings with Brendan O'Carroll at the Celebrity Ward Wark. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins.
Brendan O'Carroll and his wife Jenny with two year-old Ryan Doran from Dublin while on a visit to Crumlin Childrens hospital this morning. Pic: Mark Condren
Zoe Lonergan (2) from Firhouse dances with Brendan O'Carroll at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Pippa O'Connor and Rosanna Davison pictured this afternoon at Celebrity Ward Wark at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin...Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Former X Factor contestant, Melanie McCabe performs for children at the Celebrity Ward Walk at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins.
Vogue Williams and her husband Brian McFadden sing along at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Brendan O'Carroll and celebrities pictured share a joke during the festivities in Crumlin hospital. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Rising star Joanne Connolly took part in the carol sing-song session and wowed onlookers when she a stunning rendition of ‘O Holy Night’.

The Kilkenny native is currently waiting for a heart transplant and has been a resident at the hospital for the past three months.

“I want to be an opera singer, so to get to sing in front of everyone was amazing,” she told the Irish Independent.

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