Cork family-run business create children's book in aid of CUH

Cork family-run business create children's book in aid of CUH
Geraldine O'Neill from Fitzpatrick's shop in Glounthaune with her children's activity book in aid of the children's unit at CUH. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Mother and daughter duo Geraldine and Kerri O'Neill of the much-loved Fitzpatrick's shop in Glounthaune have created a children's activity book entitled My Creativity Book aimed at being a keepsake for children to look back on this unique period of their lives.

The entire funds raised from the book will go to the children's unit at Cork University Hospital.

Speaking to The Echo, Kerri explained that the idea for the book came to her mum during the lockdown as she was missing seeing children in the shop at the time.

"We’re a family business, we’re used to families coming down to do their shopping and we’re used to having kids around. 

"They’re always filled with so much energy and fun and excitement and they’re so tactile – they love looking at all the stuff that we would have, like our cakes and things like that. 

"During the lockdown, that atmosphere was just completely lost," she said.

Geraldine O'Neill from Fitzpatrick's shop in Glounthaune with her children's activity book in aid of the children's unit at CUH. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Geraldine O'Neill from Fitzpatrick's shop in Glounthaune with her children's activity book in aid of the children's unit at CUH. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

"My mum was just thinking that this was hard for everyone, but for kids particularly and she really wanted to do something for them."

Inside the book is filled with a diverse range of activities, including colouring, scavenger hunts and baking recipes.

It also includes a baking competition where a few lucky children will be able to get a baking lesson from the team at Fitzpatrick's.

"There’s a really lovely story in it, which is probably my favourite part, because the story was actually written by my grandfather in 1965," Kerri explained.

"It’s all about a princess and a prince and the king wanting the princess to be married. 

"My mum has done a 2020 revision on it with a modern twist because we wanted the princess to be in control of her own destiny!

"We’ve named one of the princes Martin in it after my dad who passed away seven months ago."

The book is now on sale in Fitzpatrick's Shop as well as the post office in Glounthaune and Little Island for €10.

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