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Monday 21 April 2014

Walsh family presents cheque to Temple Street after 'lights' fundraiser

The Walsh family from Trimmer Kilinick present a cheque of €184.00 to Temple Street Childrens Hospital.
The Walsh family from Trimmer Kilinick present a cheque of €184.00 to Temple Street Childrens Hospital.

Once again this year, the Walsh family of Trimmer Lane, Killinick presented a cheque to Temple Street Children's Hospital following their annual massive display of Christmas lights.

The Walsh household has become somewhat of a landmark in Wexford around the festive period with glowing santas, snowmen and reindeers placed all over the outside of the family home.

The family has been collecting Christmas lights to decorate the outside of their home for years now and they continue to keep an eye out for that little piece that might add a bit more Christmas cheer.

'We add something to it every year,' Kathleen Walsh said. 'Even if it's only something small, we have something new each year. There's a lot of work involved in it too. It can take ages to get all the decorations down and get them dry and into storage.'

This year the Walsh's didn't make as much money as they have in the past, but Kathleen sees it as a sign of the times. 'We had a lot of people out looking at the lights alright,' she said.

'But unfortunately we didn't raise as much this year as we have in the past. I suppose maybe people just don't have the money to spare any more. Still we managed to collect €184 and every little helps.'

The cheque was presented in the name of the Chloe Walsh Fund, in memory of Kathleen's granddaughter who passed away nearly eight years ago. 'We make the presentation each year in memory of Chloe,' she said. 'Everyone at Temple Street, the nurses and doctors, were absolutely brilliant with her and it's great to be able to give something back.'

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