Love/Hate star Laurence Kinlan had a special reason for being in Crumlin Children’s Hospital yesterday – his son attends regularly.
Oran (6) has been treated there for haemophilia for several years.
“Our little fella has mild haemophilia so we spend a bit here,” Laurence told the Herald.
The actor will take to stage in the New Year in a play, after which he will return to Love/Hate.
“I’ll be rehearsing during the day and then as soon as I finish I’ll be back shooting Love/Hate,” he revealed.
Meanwhile, a teenager awaiting a life-saving heart transplant has wowed a VIP audience with a heart-breaking rendition of O Holy Night.
Joanne Connolly from Kilkenny left well-known faces, including singer Brian McFadden, his wife Vogue Williams and X Factor stars Mary Byrne and Melanie McCabe and former Miss World Rosanna Davison speechless when she sang for them during the Heinz Celebrity Ward Walk at Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
A resident in the hospital for the past three months,
Joanne (16) said the appearance of so many famous faces on the wards had raised her spirits.
“To get to sing in front of everyone was amazing because I want to be an opera singer ,”
Joanne told the Herald.
“It gets pretty boring here so this has been brilliant.”
The ward walk is an annual fundraising drive for the hospital and celebrities Brian Ormond, Brendan O’Carroll and Je nn y O’Carroll take part every year.
This time, Fair City star George Mc Mahon, magician Keith Barry, snooker player Ken Doherty and Miss Davison also came along.
The celebs spent several hours with the desperately sick children to make their day that bit brighter.Geraldine Regan, deputy CEO and director of nursing, said around 100 very ill children will spend this Christmas in the hospital.
“We do try to get as many children as we can home for Christmas,” she said.
“Having a child with a serious illness puts a lot of strain on families, particularly at this time of year.
“That is why coming up to Christmas we try to have some fun in the hospital.”
The hospital thanked Valerie and Gary Keating, who organised the visit as well as sponsor Heinz for its continued support.”