Friday 20 April 2018

Irish rugby heroes delight young patients with children's hospital visits around the country

Members of the Irish rugby team visited sick children and their families at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Pictured is 13-year-old Jamie Collins from Malahide with Irish rugby players Cian Healy, Joey Carbery, Rob Kearney and Sean Cronin. Picture: Mark Stedman
Members of the Irish rugby team visited sick children and their families at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Pictured is 13-year-old Jamie Collins from Malahide with Irish rugby players Cian Healy, Joey Carbery, Rob Kearney and Sean Cronin. Picture: Mark Stedman
Members of the Irish rugby team visited sick children and their families at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Pictured is nine-year-old Cian Hennessy from Togher, Cork, with Irish Rugby players, from left, Cian Healy, Joey Carbery, Rob Kearney and Sean Cronin. Picture: Mark Stedman
Members of the Irish rugby team visited sick children and their families at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Pictured is nine-year-old Cian Hennessy from Togher, Cork, with Irish Rugby players, from left, Cian Healy, Joey Carbery, Rob Kearney and Sean Cronin. Picture: Mark Stedman
Members of the Irish rugby team visited sick children and their families at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Pictured is nine-year-old Cian Hennessy from Togher, Cork, with Irish Rugby players, from left, Cian Healy, Joey Carbery, Rob Kearney and Sean Cronin. Picture: Mark Stedman
Members of the Irish rugby team visited sick children and their families at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Pictured is 4-year-old Toby McEntee from Cellbridge, Kildare with Irish Rugby players, from left, Cian Healy, Joey Carbery, Rob Kearney and Sean Cronin. Picture: Mark Stedman
Keith Earls visits the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick today. Pictured with Siluni Wasala, age 7, from Castletroy, Limerick, with music therapy student Katie Fitzpatrick of University of Limerick. Picture: Brian Arthur
Keith Earls visits the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick today. Pictured with Conor Moran (age 5 months) from Foynes, Limerick. Picture: Brian Arthur
Keith Earls visits the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick today. Pictured with Siluni Wasala, age 7, from Castletroy, Limerick, with music therapy student Katie Fitzpatrick of University of Limerick. Picture: Brian Arthur
Keith Earls visits the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick today. Pictured with Tadgh Joyce McCarthy, age 2, from Ennis, Clare. Picture: Brian Arthur
Keith Earls visits the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick. Pictured with Roisin O'Carroll, age 15. from Foynes, Limerick. Picture: Brian Arthur
Keith Earls visits the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick today. Pictured with Mark Ruddle, age 13, from Croom, Limerick. Picture: Brian Arthur
Keith Earls visits the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick. Pictured with Jessie Walsh-Titley, age 4, from Quin, Co. Clare. Picture: Brian Arthur
Members of the Irish rugby team visited sick children and their families at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Pictured is nine-year-old Harry Cahill from Maynooth, Kildare, with Irish Rugby players, from left, Cian Healy, Joey Carbery, Rob Kearney and Sean Cronin. Picture: Mark Stedman
Members of the Irish rugby team visited sick children and their families at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Pictured is nine-year-old Harry Cahill from Maynooth, Kildare, with Irish Rugby players, from left, Cian Healy, Joey Carbery, Rob Kearney and Sean Cronin. Picture: Mark Stedman
Members of the Irish rugby team visited sick children and their families at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Pictured is 4-year-old Toby McEntee from Cellbridge, Kildare, with Irish rugby players Cian Healy, Joey Carbery, Rob Kearney and Sean Cronin. Picture: Mark Stedman
Keith Earls visits the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick today. Pictured with Rory Pender, age 8, from Kildysart, Co. Clare. Picture: Brian Arthur
Keith Earls visits the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick today. Pictured with Lauren Tuohy, age 11, from Kilkishen, Co Clare. Picture: Brian Arthur
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Fresh from their victory over Wales, members of the Irish rugby squad won the hearts of young patients at the Crumlin Children’s Hospital with a surprise visit.

Pictured are Cian Healy, Joey Carbery, Rob Kearney and Sean Cronin with nine-year-old Cian Hennessy, from Togher, Co Cork. Kearney is an ambassador for the hospital, and teammates Chris Farrell, Dan Leavy and Jack Conan also went along.

They signed autographs and chatted with children and their families, and donated five signed jerseys from Six Nations rivals England, France, Wales, Scotland and Italy.

They will be auctioned by the hospital’s fundraising wing, The Children’s Medical and Research Foundation. Inset, Keith Earls met Jessie Walsh-Titley (4) from Quin, Co Clare, as he took time to drop into the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick.

Keith Earls visits the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick today. Pictured with Tadgh Joyce McCarthy, age 2, from Ennis, Clare. Picture: Brian Arthur
Keith Earls visits the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick today. Pictured with Tadgh Joyce McCarthy, age 2, from Ennis, Clare. Picture: Brian Arthur

Separately, Munster and Ireland star Keith Earls visited the Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick, the only inpatient facility for sick children in the Mid-West. The 49-bed facility has a high dependancy unit, a cystic fibrosis unit, a 'Caterpillar' day ward and a school for children who are not well enough to attend school.

Members of the Irish rugby team visited sick children and their families at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Pictured is 4-year-old Toby McEntee from Cellbridge, Kildare with Irish Rugby players, from left, Cian Healy, Joey Carbery, Rob Kearney and Sean Cronin. Picture: Mark Stedman
Members of the Irish rugby team visited sick children and their families at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Pictured is 4-year-old Toby McEntee from Cellbridge, Kildare with Irish Rugby players, from left, Cian Healy, Joey Carbery, Rob Kearney and Sean Cronin. Picture: Mark Stedman

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