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... while Cecelia cuts hers short to spend time with the children

BEST-SELLING author Cecelia Ahern cut short her normally lengthy book tour as she couldn't bare to be parted from her new baby, Sonny.

Her previous novels took her around the globe but for her latest offering – 'One Hundred Names' – she decided not to stray too far.

"I just did Ireland and the UK because I've a five-month-old so I wasn't going too far away, just keeping it close," she said.

And the response from critics and readers has been positive.

"It's going really well, it got to number one here and number three in the UK, which is great – not that charts count," she laughed. "It's just got really good reviews so I'm delighted."

Cecelia was at the Jervis Shopping Centre in Dublin city centre, where she joined forces with Barretstown, the camp for sick children.

The shopping centre is donating €1 to Barretstown for every child who visits Santa in his grotto at the centre.

"Last year I launched the library in Barretstown so I got to go out and see the facilities, the place is incredible," said Cecelia.

"It's just so well organised and it's such a great place for kids to be. I think fun is the best therapy."

She was joined by two Barretstown campers – Ashleigh Kiernan (9) and Ella O'Keeffe (5), who have both been diagnosed with leukaemia. The girls have both spent time at Barretstown.

Irish Independent