Christmas Lighting Display for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

Joan Horan pictured with her daughter, Siobhán and the 2019 range of lights which they assembled for their charity collection. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The fourth annual festive lighting fundraising initiative has just been switched on at No. 31 Cahereens West.

Joan and Siobhán Horan are the faces and voices behind the charity drive and this year the beneficiaries will be their neighbours at the Acquired Brain Injury riverside base in Castleisland.

Lots of Lights and Decorations

“We were always putting up lots of lights and decorations anyway and we love Christmas – as you can see – so we thought we should light the place for charity,” said Joan.

“We did one year for Barnardos – the children’s charity and last year we gave what we collected to Sera Husky Rescue – the North Kerry charity which looks after the welfare of unwanted husky dogs.

Neighbours at ABI

“This year we thought our neighbours here in Acquired Brain Injury Ireland could do with a little help to furnish their new building near the river.

“They don’t even have enough chairs to put into the place and that’s why we’re doing it for them. Charity begins at home I suppose,” said Joan in conclusion.

Glowing and Twinkling

Horan’s Christmas lighting spectacular can be found at Cahereens West by turning into the estate right beside Divane’s Castleisland VW.

After less than a 100 yards in, take a left and, if it’s at night, well you’ll see the lights glowing and twinkling. And the family postbox on the front gate has been transformed into a seasonal collection box.

ABI Mission and Vision

The Acquired Brain Injury stated mission is to enable people with rehabilitation needs to lead meaningful lives in the community by providing personalised, quality rehabilitation and support.

Its vision is to help people with rehabilitation needs and their families to receive the highest quality personalised services and supports, as and when they need it.