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Sunday 22 October 2017

Walsh family bring some Christmas light to Killinick with annual festive fundraiser

By AMY LEWIS

The Walsh family and friends outside the glowing home.
The Walsh family and friends outside the glowing home.

The sky lit up above south Wexford once again as the Walsh family kicked off their annual festive fundraiser at their home in Killinick.

Radio personality Tony Kehoe stopped by at the house in Trimmer last Monday to flip the switch on the display, which has been getting bigger and better each year. The homeowners Michael and Kathleen Walsh, along with their daughter Helen, were thrilled to see their home aglow for the ninth time.

This colourful display shines a light in memory of Helen's four-year-old daughter Chloe who sadly passed away in Temple Street Children's Hospital in 2006. Since her passing, the family have organised the impressive display to raise funds for the hospital.

'They were absolutely brilliant with Chloe,' said Helen. 'Hopefully, our fundraiser can help us to save somebody else.'

The spectacle of light has raised over €7000 for Temple Street since 2009. However, it is not only the children in the hospital who benefit from the display; every year, crowds of local kids are drawn to Killinick to catch a glimpse of the lights.

The Killinick display comes with a price - an ESB bill of €700. Despite this, the Walsh family continue to foot the bill themselves each year.

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