Rugby star Kearney's appearance lights up Crumlin Hospital patients
Rugby star Rob Kearney brought some festive cheer to Crumlin Children's Hospital as he lit the Christmas lights with junior helpers.
Kearney - who was part of the Ireland Rugby World Cup squad for the final time this year - helped Crumlin patients Joshua Fitzpatrick (6) and Naomi Kerr (13) switch on the lights.
The children sang carols with their sporting hero, who is also a CMRF Crumlin ambassador, as they ticked off a major Christmas wish by meeting the player.
Kearney said: "CMRF has helped families in most communities across Ireland so I'm proud to support their work."
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Denise Fitzgerald, chief executive of CMRF Crumlin, said the event represented a "special day" for young patients who were eagerly anticipating the festive season.
Tracey Wall, director of nursing at CHI at Crumlin, said: "Christmas is such a magical time of year for everyone and we think it's so important that children and their families in hospital get to experience that magic too.
"Events like this make such a difference to the children and families being treated in the hospital."
CMRF Crumlin, part of the Children's Health Foundation family, raises funds for CHI at Crumlin and The National Children's Research Centre for research into the cause, treatment, care and prevention of children's illness and disease.