Leaving Cert student brings a touch of Christmas magic to Cork primary school with special visit

Leaving Cert student brings a touch of Christmas magic to Cork primary school with special visit

Ellen Carroll with her horse Blue who dressed up her horse as a reindeer for the children at Goggins Hill National School, Cork. Picture: Dan Linehan

Some much-needed festive cheer has been brought to a Cork primary school this Christmas thanks to the kindness of a Leaving Cert student. 

Ellen Carroll, who grew up in Dublin but moved to Cork last year, surprised the children at Goggins Hill National School in Ballinhassig when she arrived on horseback with a few of her friends - horses and riders alike decked out in festive finery.

 Ellen Carroll and her friends Megan Healy, Laurna Neville and Orla Fox who dressed their horses up as reindeer for the children at Goggins Hill National School, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Ellen Carroll and her friends Megan Healy, Laurna Neville and Orla Fox who dressed their horses up as reindeer for the children at Goggins Hill National School, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

Speaking to The Echo ahead of the visit, Ellen said the idea came to her when watching The Late Late Toy Show back in November. 

"It was actually while I was watching The Late Late Toy Show and I was thinking about the fact that, growing up I always got to have a school Santa visit and Christmas is my favourite season so it was really nice for me growing up.

 Junior infants Aoibhínn and Clodagh waiting for former student Ellen Carroll to arrive with her horses dressed up as reindeer to arrive at Goggins Hill National School, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Junior infants Aoibhínn and Clodagh waiting for former student Ellen Carroll to arrive with her horses dressed up as reindeer to arrive at Goggins Hill National School, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

"One of the people who owns one of the horses in our yard is actually a primary school teacher and she had been talking about how they couldn’t do the Santa visit this year.

"There’s a primary school that I actually ride past while out hacking on the roads most days so I decided to send them an email because I get my horses dressed up for Christmas anyway – it’s just a bit of fun around the yard – so I just decided that I’d try to arrange with them for myself and a few of my friends to just ride past with our horses completely decked out for Christmas," she said. 

 Senior infants waiting for Ellen Carroll to arrive with her horses dressed up as reindeer to arrive at Goggins Hill National School, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Senior infants waiting for Ellen Carroll to arrive with her horses dressed up as reindeer to arrive at Goggins Hill National School, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

Ellen's horse, Blue, along with the other horses were dressed up as reindeer to put a smile on the children's faces. 

"I know when I was younger I would have absolutely adored seeing horses dressed up as reindeer. 

"I’m just hoping for the same reaction from the kids that are there!"

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