SHE may be planning a well- deserved break on Christmas Day, but Imelda May was busy doing the rounds at Our Lady's Hospice in Harold's Cross in Dublin last night.
The rockabilly star was the guest of honour at the Light Up A Life Ceremony in aid of Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services.
"Well, like most women you plan to do nothing at Christmas, but you end up cooking and cleaning!" she joked after meeting with the hospice residents and singing 'Happy Birthday' to patient Aife McOscair, who turned 39 yesterday.
"This is a fantastic evening," said May. "Christmas is a time for family and it makes it all the more difficult when you're missing certain family members, but I think you keep them alive through doing things like this in their memory."
The Dubliner was on hand to officially turn on the Christmas tree lights at the remembrance event, which invites people to sponsor lights on the Christmas tree at Harold's Cross in memory of their loved ones.
"It's very moving to see so many people who have been through the same process come here and contribute in the way that they do," said Tony Concannon, the father of birthday girl Aife.
Peggy McHugh (97), who also celebrated her birthday this week, was delighted to meet May who chatted with her about her love of the vintage style Peggy grew up with.
The event, which was attended by about 5,000 people, was a resounding success.
The Three Irish Tenors and the Palestrina Choir were among a number of musical acts that performed at the event.
To sponsor a light or for more information visit www.lightupalife.ie or call 1850 66 06 06.