Saturday 23 June 2018

400 taxi drivers put on colourful day for children

Wesley Smith, from Kells, with Garda Tomas Boyle. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Wesley Smith, from Kells, with Garda Tomas Boyle. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

With painted faces, fancy dress costumes and even painted cars, the capital's taxi drivers turned up by the car load to create a special day out for special children.

Hundreds of vehicles took part in the Dublin Taxi Drivers' Special Children's Outing, bringing smiles to the faces of all involved.

Since 1960, big-hearted taxi men and women have banded together to create a fun event for children with special needs.

The drivers - more than 400 of them - gave their time freely to make sure the youngsters had a day to remember at the event.

Children were picked up yesterday from their homes, schools and hospitals to be taken on a parade out of the city.

There were balloons aplenty to help make the proceedings even more colourful as participants gathered in Parnell Square for the start of the procession.

Gabby Benson (8) and Scott Harcourt (7). Photo: Gerry Mooney
Gabby Benson (8) and Scott Harcourt (7). Photo: Gerry Mooney

Members of the Garda Band were on hand to provide musical entertainment for the crowds.

Onlookers could see everything from brightly coloured cars with dinosaurs on top, to Count Dracula.

Liam (5) and Sophia Mulvany (7) enjoying the day. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Liam (5) and Sophia Mulvany (7) enjoying the day. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Taxi driver David Murphy joins in the fun. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Taxi driver David Murphy joins in the fun. Photo: Gerry Mooney

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