IN what has become part of Christmas tradition in Cork, the Carey family from Youghal will once again light up their home and share their incredible displays with the community over the holidays in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation.
This dazzling festive spectacle is a now recognised as a must-see event on the Christmas calendar as people come from near and far to soak up a Youghal yuletide wonderment.
Pat Carey’s Christmas Lights Show will launch on Saturday, December 8 at 5.30pm.
Santa Claus will be on hand to help with the big switch-on, while the Holy Family Choir will add extra sparkle to festivities by performing a host of classic Christmas Carols.
The show will illuminate 25 Blackwater Heights, Youghal, from 6pm to 9pm every night, and all donations made by those visiting the display will go to the Mercy Hospital Cancer Appeal.
In support of the Careys’ fundraising efforts, on Saturday, December 15, Ceolta Sí will hold a night of music, singing, dancing and refreshments at Brú na Sí Cultural Centre in Youghal from 7.30pm, and tickets are €10 each.
Pat has been lighting up his house since 2013 in aid of the Mercy Hospital. By putting on his now famous Christmas Lights Show, Pat and his family have raised nearly €19,000 for cancer services in the hospital since the annual began.
Pat was recognised for his incredible fundraising and generosity in 2016 when he was awarded a Mercy Star and named as Volunteer of the Year. “I was an oncology patient at the Mercy hospital and lighting up my house every year is my way of giving back and of supporting patients who are currently going through the same journey,” said Pat.
“Last year, we raised €4,973 for this important cause and I’m hopeful that we can get above the €5,000 this time around,” he added.
“The generosity of the people who come to see the display is truly humbling and I would encourage anybody who lights up their house for Christmas to do so in support of the Mercy Hospital Foundation.”
Deirdre Finn, Campaigns & Community Manager at the Mercy Hospital Foundation encouraged more families across Munster to come on board. “The use of Christmas lights to support people fighting cancer has a very special resonance and it is very heartening when we see others going above and beyond at this time of the year,” she said.