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X Factor winner Sam Bailey jets in for autism charity event

Brian O'Reilly

Published 14/04/2014 | 11:07

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PIC SHOWS: X-Factor winner, Sam Bailey, with Keith & Lisa Duffy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLIE - Charlie Chaplin celebrations raise funds for Autism.
An enchanting 1920’s Oscar themed experience was held in the beautiful surroundings of five star Powerscourt Hotel, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on Saturday 12th April 2014 – to celebrate Charlie Chaplin’s 125th Birthday and the 100th Anniversary of Charlie, as The Tramp! 
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X-Factor winner, Sam Bailey, with Keith & Lisa Duffy.
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PIC SHOWS: X-Factor winner, Sam Bailey, with Otto the Clown, from Fossett's Circus, and Charlie Chaplin.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLIE - Charlie Chaplin celebrations raise funds for Autism.
An enchanting 1920’s Oscar themed experience was held in the beautiful surroundings of five star Powerscourt Hotel, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on Saturday 12th April 2014 – to celebrate Charlie Chaplin’s 125th Birthday and the 100th Anniversary of Charlie, as The Tramp! 
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X-Factor winner, Sam Bailey, with Otto the Clown, from Fossett's Circus, and Charlie Chaplin.
02/04/2014, REPRO FREE, MAXWELLS DUBLIN. Picture shows l-r, Keith Duffy and Liam O'Neill, President of the GAA. GAA Boys in Blue Support Autism Charity!
The GAA is encouraging football supporters to get behind Autism Awareness Month by staging a record-breaking attempt for the greatest number of people wearing a blue nose in one place. Details will be launched in Croke Parkat 11.30am tomorrow Wednesday 2 April (World Autism Awareness Day) by IAA parton Keith Duffy and friends including.  Throughout April, Irish Autism Action is fundraising by selling blue noses, and the GAA wants supporters attending the Allianz Football League Finals on Sunday 27th April to wear their blue nose to help support the Irish charity, and claim a place in the record books! This record attempt is designed to encourage sales of blue noses, which are available for €2 in XtraVision / HMV stores, Eddie Rocket Diners and supported by the GAA, INTEL, Fossetts Circus, Nestle and Swapkit for the month of April, with all proceeds going to Irish Autism Action.  UK clubs have all held ‘blue nose’ charity events in recent years, but just over 1,200  is the most blue noses recorded in one place.  With capacity crowds expected in Croke Park for the division 1 and 2 football league finals at the end of April, Irish Autism Action is expecting GAA supporters will more than smash the current record. PIC: MAXWELLS NO FEE
Picture shows Keith Duffy and Liam O'Neill, President of the GAA.

X FACTOR winner Sam Bailey jetted in to Ireland over the weekend to attend a charity event for autism.

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The 'Happy Birthday Charlie' event was was held in the Powerscourt hotel in Co Wicklow as part of the Charlie Chapman Film Festival.

The Oscars style ball was held in aid of Irish Autism Action.

X Factor star Sam performed her first ever solo Irish gig as part of the bash.

The ball was held as [part of the event to commemorate what would have been Chapman's 125th birthday.

It is believed that the legendary silent movie star was autistic.

Among the attendees was former Boyzone star Keith Duffy and life Lisa, whose young daughter Mia is autistic.

Speaking earlier this month at the launch of Autism Awareness Month at Croke Park  he said that initally, both he and his wife were reluctant to accept Mia's autism. "I knew it was going to break Lisa's heart," he said. "It was very scary, putting a name on it made it real."

When doctors broke the news to the couple that their little girl Mia was on the austim spectrum and she might never talk, Lisa said her world collapsed.

"I fell apart and Keith wouldn't allow himself. His strength was finding out everything he needed to find out. Keith was not going to give up on getting her the right, appropriate education.

"He said to me, 'We're her voice now and we're going to get what we need for her.

"Even in the midst of all the sadness and the despair, we still like to laugh together. Keith knows me better than I know myself. He can read me like a book and that's what the years have done for us."

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