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Tony spreads festive cheer with sizeable donations

January may nearly be over but there is still plenty of Christmas cheer being spread around the county.

Having spent the festive period enchanting visitors with his most 'Christmassy' of homes, Tony Fitzpatrick has continued his good work by donating cheques of almost €3,000 each to two of Wexford's most deserving organisations.

Tony's house in Drinagh has become synonymous with the festive period, thanks to the decorations and lights that adorn it every December, with people coming from all over the county to witness his efforts every winter.

And thanks to the generosity of those who came to see his home in all its glory, Tony raised €4,985 which, when coupled with the €1,000 he won for finishing third in the 'Ireland's Most Christmassy Home' competition, led to two sizeable donations to local charities.

Sharing the money equally between Wexford Hospice Homecare (WHH) and Pieta House, Tony presented cheques of €2,992.50 to representatives of each.

Explaining how he raised the money, and why he chose to donate to the two bodies in question, Tony said, 'There was a box outside the gate and people donated the money that way. Then I came third in the Energia competition and they gave me €1,000 which I added to the fund.

'I chose the Hospice because of the care they gave my late wife who died three years ago. Pieta House are also close to my heart which was why I chose them.'

'They were delighted with the donations and wanted to thank everyone who contributed,' he said.

Starting the tradition with his wife 24 years ago, Tony said the display began with just one lone reindeer in the garden.

'I add on to it every year. We started it with one reindeer and it's grown from there. I won 'Ireland's Most Christmassy Home' a couple of years ago.

'I'll continue to do it for as long as I'm able.'

A big motivating factor in maintaining the tradition each Christmas is the response from those within Tony's community.

'The children in the area love it, and the adults too. Some of them would have come to look at it when they were children themselves and now they bring their own children,' he said.

Wexford People