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Saturday 20 September 2014

Patients give visit from Saoirse and Louis big thumbs-up

Published 18/12/2012 | 05:00

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LOUIS Walsh and Saoirse Ronan thrilled staff and patients at The National Children's Hospital in Tallaght, Dublin, when they turned up for a special Christmas visit.

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The 'X Factor' judge and actress spent more than three hours touring wards as they signed autographs and posed for pictures with 60 young patients.

It's not every day a pop svengali comes through the door, so five-year-old patient Michael Connors, from Shankill, seized the opportunity with an impromptu audition for Walsh.

"Michael blew Louis and Saoirse away singing 'Molly Malone'. It was a highlight of the visit," said a hospital spokeswoman.

Earlier on Friday, Walsh and Ronan arrived at the hospital in a squad car with local gardai and Childline concert organiser Caroline Downey.

"The staff were just as thrilled to see Louis and Saoirse as the patients, and it gave everyone a boost – especially the kids who will be at the hospital over the Christmas period," added the hospital spokeswoman.

Irish Independent

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