Lighting up Christmas for Children and Barnardos

Job done: The Horans, Siobhán and Joan after the switch on of their Christmas lights with which they intend raising funds for Barnardos for the duration of Christmas. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Job done: The Horans, Siobhán and Joan at home in Cahereens West after the switch on of their Christmas lights with which they intend raising funds for Barnardos for the duration of Christmas. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The increasing prevalence of Christmas lights being used for charitable purposes continues unabated.

Barnardos is the latest charity to benefit from this kind of altruism and the Horan family of No. 31 Cahereens West is the latest to provide it.

Absolutely Festooned

This Christmas, the Horan home is absolutely festooned with festive lighting of every colour, hue and shape you could imagine.

The idea and initiative came from mom, Joan on the back of a long standing wish to help Barnardos in particular.

Horans Lighting Up for Barnardos 19/12/2017
Siobhán (left) and Joan Horan are lighting up their house for Christmas and raising funds for the children’s charity Barnardos. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Joan is dedicating the effort to her late brother, Michael who passed away a few years ago at a young age and since then she wanted to do something to like this in his name.

For Charity This Year

“I have always like doing up the house at Christmas anyway so I thought that we’d do it for a charity this year and Michael’s memory and Barnardos clicked with me and we went from there,” said Joan.

Joan’s husband, Paul and daughter, Siobhan also got stuck into the project and untangled a couple of thousand feet of cables and tested several hundred bulbs.

Converted Post Box

The Horans have converted the post box on their front gate to a collection box and they’re hoping their Christmas Light Spectacular effort will be reflected in the generosity of the community at large.

About Barnardos

Barnardos is a children’s charity which works with vulnerable children and their families in Ireland. It campaign for the rights of all children and it was established in Ireland in 1962.

The charity provides 14 types of services that respond to the individual needs of each child and family. It aims to provide practical and professional supports to bring hope into situations where hope is sometimes lost.

Clear Guidelines for Adults

Barnardos also provides clear guidelines for adults who may have concerns about how children are being treated.

You can find out more about Barnardos with a click on the link here:


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