IRELAND’s record goal scorer Robbie Keane brought a smile to the faces of children at Temple Street Children’s hospital when he paid a Christmas visit today.
Home in Ireland to spend his first Christmas here with family in 16 years, the LA striker admitted it was “good to be home.”
And while Keane is relishing his time off, he made sure to find the time to pay a visit not just to Temple Street but to all three children’s hospitals in Dublin to bring a smile to the faces of youngsters in hospital over Christmas.
Having visited Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin last week, he dropped in to Temple Street and then Tallaght hospital today.
“You don’t realise how lucky you are in life when you’ve got your own kid and we’re very fortunate that he’s very, very healthy,” said Keane.
“When you see other kids who are not as fortunate, it’s very sad to see - but if I can put a smile on someone’s face for five minutes or whatever - a day - I certainly will get a lot out of that.”
First to meet Keane was a young boy leaving hospital to spend Christmas at home. Keane asked him what Santa was bringing for Christmas and then spotting his red Arsenal bag, joked: “Nothing Arsenal, I hope!”
Next was Ciaran Curley (19) from Ballinasloe who has recently undergone a kidney transplant. Ciaran was hoping to get home for a night to spend Christmas with his brother Jake (16) and sister Aiveen (8).
“They’re really looking forward to having him home so hopefully he’ll be well enough,” said mother, Claire and father, Jimmy.
“The most important thing is that he’s ok - if we’re here for Christmas, we’re here,” Claire added.