Tuesday 6 December 2016

Santa pays early visit to sick children

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 10/12/2015 | 02:30

Left to right - Lucia Meehan (7) with brother Declan (5), dad Brian and mam Francis Meehan, with Elf helper Karin Arkins at Dublin Airport yesterday
Left to right - Lucia Meehan (7) with brother Declan (5), dad Brian and mam Francis Meehan, with Elf helper Karin Arkins at Dublin Airport yesterday

It is his busiest time of the year, but the man in red took time out of his hectic pre-Christmas schedule to meet some special boys and girls.

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Just two weeks before his biggest gig of the year, Santa Claus hopped off his sleigh and boarded a CityJet flight in Dublin to light up the faces of dozens of children, who are currently, or have recently been, patients of Temple Street Children's Hospital.

After picking up their boarding passes, 70 passengers, including dozens of excited children and their delighted parents, settled into their seats with carols in full swing, hoping against hope that Santa would make an appearance.

And he jumped on board mid-flight to deliver some treats to his young friends, before meeting them at an after-party at the CityJet office in Swords.

The Meehan family made the journey from Donegal as they await brain surgery for their son Declan (5) next week who suffered a bleed in the brain.

"He was in hospital for two months, but has just started walking again and today has definitely put a smile on his face," said his father Brian.

Irish Independent

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