Saturday 23 March 2019

VIDEO: Special flight with Santa brings Christmas cheer to Temple Street children

Michael Staines

A special Santa flight out of Dublin Airport brought a big slice of Christmas cheer to the kids of Temple Street Children's Hospital.

The children got a surprise visit from Santa and some of his helpers while on a seasonal CityJet flight over Dublin.

Students from Loreto Secondary School in Balbriggan, Co Dublin sang Christmas carols for the children as the plane circled the city searching the skies for any sign of the big man on his rounds.

Caroline Flynn, senior play specialist at Temple Street, said the trip helps relieve the stress of being in hospital for the children. "Some children when they are in hospital go through a hard, traumatic time - and we are there to brighten up their day," she said.

TV Presenter Brian Ormond with his niece Faith Ormond aged 3 from Swords and some of the girls from Lorreto Balbriggan get ready to board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight at Dublin Airport.
Pic Steve Humphreys
TV Presenter Brian Ormond with his niece Faith Ormond aged 3 from Swords and some of the girls from Lorreto Balbriggan get ready to board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight at Dublin Airport. Pic Steve Humphreys
Temple Street patient Killian Kenny (10) from Cabra West gets to ring Santa's bell on board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight. Pic Steve Humphreys
Santa arrives aboard the flight after a dangerous mid air docking manoeuvre to the delight of Luke Willetts (2) from Dublin this morning at the Annual Temple Street Hospital Santa Flight, where Santa Claus, his elves and over 30 children from Temple Street Children's University Hospital took to the skies from Dublin Airport for a special Christmas flight with City-Jet. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Santa arrives aboard the flight after a dangerous mid air docking manoeuvre to the delight of pictured thi Luke Willetts (2) from Dublin this morning at the Annual Temple Street Hospital Santa Flight, where Santa Claus, his elves and over 30 children from Temple Street Children's University Hospital took to the skies from Dublin Airport for a special Christmas flight with City-Jet. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Santa arrives aboard the flight after a dangerous mid air docking manoeuvre to the delight of Cillian Kenny (10) from Cabra pictured this morning at the Annual Temple Street Hospital Santa Flight, where Santa Claus, his elves and over 30 children from Temple Street Children's University Hospital took to the skies from Dublin Airport for a special Christmas flight with City-Jet. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Santa arrives aboard the flight after a dangerous mid air docking manoeuvre to the delight of Cillian Kenny (10) from Cabra pictured this morning at the Annual Temple Street Hospital Santa Flight, where Santa Claus, his elves and over 30 children from Temple Street Children's University Hospital took to the skies from Dublin Airport for a special Christmas flight with City-Jet. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Santa arrives aboard the flight after a dangerous mid air docking manoeuvre pictured this morning at the Annual Temple Street Hospital Santa Flight, where Santa Claus, his elves and over 30 children from Temple Street Children's University Hospital took to the skies from Dublin Airport for a special Christmas flight with City-Jet. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Loretto Balbriggan Choir pictured this morning at the Annual Temple Street Hospital Santa Flight, where Santa Claus, his elves and over 30 children from Temple Street Children's University Hospital took to the skies from Dublin Airport for a special Christmas flight with City-Jet. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Santa's elves help with emergency evacuation instructions pictured this morning at the Annual Temple Street Hospital Santa Flight, where Santa Claus, his elves and over 30 children from Temple Street Children's University Hospital took to the skies from Dublin Airport for a special Christmas flight with City-Jet. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Laura MCCarthy (12) from Tipperary looks out for Santa pictured this morning at the Annual Temple Street Hospital Santa Flight, where Santa Claus, his elves and over 30 children from Temple Street Children's University Hospital took to the skies from Dublin Airport for a special Christmas flight with City-Jet. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Waiting for Santa pictured this morning at the Annual Temple Street Hospital Santa Flight, where Santa Claus, his elves and over 30 children from Temple Street Children's University Hospital took to the skies from Dublin Airport for a special Christmas flight with City-Jet. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Santa on board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight. Pic Steve Humphreys
Temple Street Patient Molly McNally (6) from Blanchardstown in the cockpit with Captain Vivian Cullen and 1st Officer Victoria Humphrey on board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight. Pic Steve Humphreys
TV Presenter Brian Ormond and Laura Mc Carthy (12) from Tipperary get ready to board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight at Dublin Airport. Pic Steve Humphreys
TV Presenter Brian Ormond and Laura Mc Carthy (12) from Tipperary get ready to board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight at Dublin Airport. Pic Steve Humphreys
TV Presenter Brian Ormond and Laura Mc Carthy (12) from Tipperary get ready to board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight at Dublin Airport. Pic Steve Humphreys
Some of the Temple Street kids get ready to board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight at Dublin Airport. Pic Steve Humphreys
Cityjet Captain Vivian Cullen with his crew get ready to board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight at Dublin Airport. Pic Steve Humphreys
The CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight at Dublin Airport. Pic Steve Humphreys
Abbie Maher (6) from Enfield Meath along with students Lauren O'Keeffe and Aurica Syrbu from Lorreto Balbriggan get ready to board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight at Dublin Airport. Pic Steve Humphreys
Some of the Temple Street kids get ready to board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight at Dublin Airport. Pic Steve Humphreys
Isabella Dodrill (6) from Blanchardstown gets ready to board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight at Dublin Airport. Pic Steve Humphreys
Cityjet Captain Vivian Cullen with some of the Temple Street Kids along with girls from Lorreto Balbriggan as they get ready to board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight at Dublin Airport.Pic Steve Humphries
TV Presenter Brian Ormond with Millie Pitcher Aged 5 from Malahide (a kidney transplant patient) and some of the girls from Lorreto Balbriggan get ready to board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight at Dublin Airport. Pic Steve Humphreys

Abbie Maher (6) was born with a metabolic condition that will keep her on a special diet for life. Her mother Tracy said meeting Santa was a "huge excitement" for the kids and a real build-up to Christmas.

"It was really good. It was bit of a bumpy start with the wind, but they have made a lot of children happy today so we had a great time," she said.

Cillian Kenny (9) from Cabra has been in and out of hospital ever since he was six months old. His mother Mary Ann said the excitement of the trip "really helps" after his most recent surgery just six weeks ago.

"The plane was turning side to side while we were looking for Santa and then there was a thud on the roof and he came up through the plane," she said.

"It was really exciting for the kids. We are so appreciative of what Temple Street and CityJet have done in setting this up."

Temple Street patient Killian Kenny (10) from Cabra West gets to ring Santa's bell on board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Temple Street patient Killian Kenny (10) from Cabra West gets to ring Santa's bell on board the CityJet Temple Street Childrens Hospital Santa Flight. Pic Steve Humphreys
Children from Temple Street get ready to board the flight
Abbie Maher (6) from Enfield, Co Meath, with Loreto Balbriggan students Lauren O’Keeffe and Aurica Syrbu at Dublin Airport
Molly McNally (6) in the cockpit with Captain Vivian Cullen and 1st Officer Victoria Humphrey

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