Tuesday 27 September 2016

Leinster stars help light up LauraLynn

Published 04/12/2015 | 02:30

RTE presenter Miriam O’Callaghan, Charlotte Donohue, age 5, Rathmichael, and Leinster player Isaac Boss were on hand to help Light Up LauraLynn
RTE presenter Miriam O’Callaghan, Charlotte Donohue, age 5, Rathmichael, and Leinster player Isaac Boss were on hand to help Light Up LauraLynn

A number of Leinster players were on hand last Sunday to help Light Up LauraLynn as they joined RTÉ star Miriam O'Callaghan in turning on the Christmas lights ahead of the Christmas period.

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Despite the inclement weather, many battled the elements to join LauraLynn at a special ceremony to mark the beginning of the festive season.

Isaac Boss, who has worked with LauraLynn for many years, was on hand to help Miriam switch on the lights on the 30-foot tree which was the centrepiece of a magical wonderland which had been created by the committed staff, volunteers and supporters.

Visitors were then invited to pin a ribbon on the LauraLynn Wish Tree to symbolise a wish, hope or intention for the year ahead.

Festive food and hot drinks were enjoyed by all and the children were so excited to visit Santa's Grotto.

LauraLynn also marked their charity partnership with Leinster Rugby last season with a special piece of art designed by the children themselves.

Michelle Reynolds, fundraising manager with LauraLynn, presented the piece to Isaac on behalf of all in Leinster.

Highlight of the evening were the wonderful choirs who sang their hearts out even when the heavens opened.

Everyone at LauraLynn were so excited as the The LauraLynn Choir made their debut with festive favourites and wrapped up the evening with an uplifting rendition of 'Let it Go' as the fireworks display lit up the skies behind.

Further information about LauraLynn, Ireland only children's hospice, can be found at www.lauralynn.ie and you can even buy some limited edition blue Leinster Santa hats for only €5 with all proceeds going towards LauraLynn.

Irish Independent

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