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