Wednesday 16 January 2019

Real-life princess unveils Fairy Garden in Malahide

Malahide Castle and Gardens, operated by Shannon Heritage, has launched an incredible new fairy trail on the West Lawn, with a little help from a real live fairy princess Hannah May Carroll.

This Fairy Trail will be a permanent fixture at Malahide Castle and Gardens, offering a year round immersive experience to young and old alike.

Visitors will be given the fairy trail activity booklet and invited to explore to their hearts content.

Hannah May, from Athlone, is an incredible seven-year-old girl who has endured more in her short, painful and frustrating young life than many will experience in a lifetime.

Not long after Hannah May was born she was admitted to hospital with what seemed to be a bug but turned out to be a life threatening heart condition, leading to major heart surgery. Hannah has had six operations to date, including one to replace her aorta with a cow's vein. While she currently has a good quality of life, she is still facing further major heart surgery as the cow's vein only has a life span of four to five years.

At the launch, Hannah was treated in true fairy princess style, starting in the morning in picturesque Malahide village.

She was escorted by her adoring entourage from place to place as she underwent her transformation from extraordinary seven year old to fabulous fairy princess.

After this morning of pampering, Hannah May and her family were transported in luxury to Malahide Castle and Gardens, where they had lunch in Avoca before Hannah May was presented to her adoring subjects to officially launch the fairy trail!

Once the formalities were over with, Hannah May led her entourage through the fairy trail, giving this fairy tale a happy ending.

Niall O'Callaghan, Managing Director of Shannon Heritage was caught up in the magic of it all.

'All of us at Shannon Heritage are in awe of Hannah May's bravery at such a young age, and we couldn't have asked for anyone better to launch our new fairy trail at Malahide Castle and Gardens.

'Everyone had an absolutely magical time today. We pride ourselves on memorable customer experiences, and this fairy trail will no doubt enchant all those who enter.

'Thanks to Share a Dream Foundation and all the wonderful businesses in Malahide for their time and generosity in making this happen,' Mr O'Callaghan added.

Tickets for the fairy trail can be booked online at

Fingal Independent