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Cecelia Ahern, Temple Street

Cecelia Ahern, Temple Street

Cecelia Ahern, Temple Street

Cecelia Ahern decided to become actively involved with Temple Street Children's Hospital after she had experience of the place as the mother of young children.

The best-selling author was recently named as the hospital's ambassador as part of its drive to raise much-needed funds.

"My mother worked in the kitchens in Temple Street during the summers from the age of 14, so I felt a connection to it," she told the Herald. "I'm also familiar with the hospital from having children of my own.

"I've been in Temple Street on numerous occasions with my children, so I'm in this position with full understanding of how the parents are feeling.

"I've slept on the floors, on the chairs, been in and out of A&E, so I'm familiar with the hospital and luckily my children have always left in their full health.

UNDERSTANDING

"I think having that experience gives me more understanding of what needs to be done. It also opened my eyes to those who have to stay in longer, who didn't get to leave when I did, who have to travel farther for their appointments."

Mother-of-two Cecelia was approached by author Barry Kennerk to write a foreword for his book, Temple Street Children's Hospital: An Illustrated History.

"Barry showed me old photos of the hospital, explained the history and through that I learned so much, including my own family's link to the hospital," she said.

"Around the same time Denise Fitzgerald, the chief executive of Temple Street fundraising, sent me a letter asking me to consider becoming an ambassador and it immediately felt right.

"I have so much respect for all those who work there and sympathy and empathy for the parents and children who attend there."

cmurphy@herald.ie


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