IRELAND'S most infamous mammy was among some of the celebrities who took some time out yesterday to visit seriously ill children in hospital.
Comedian Brendan O'Carroll -- best known in his role as Mrs Brown in the hit RTE comedy series 'Mrs Brown's Boys' -- had a chat with 10-year-old Sheila Cronin at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.
The actor and playwright was among 43 celebrities who took part in the seventh annual Celebrity Ward Walk in which they spent the day chatting to the children and their families.
About 100 children will be spending Christmas at the hospital.
But chatting with 'The Apprentice' star Bill Cullen and his partner Jackie Lavin, and TV presenters Daithi O Se and Lorraine Keane helped brighten up their day.
Across town other sick children, including little Michael Stokes (9) -- pictured here with Jedward -- got into the Christmas spirit at Temple Street Children's Hospital when some other famous guests popped by to spread some Yuletide cheer.
They included Leinster rugby players Fergus McFadden and Sean Cronin who visited little Santa Cian McDonnell. Their visit was broadcast live by TV3.