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Hayes Family Christmas Light Display Raises incredible €13,000 for Limerick charities



Hayes Family – Pictured above with their donation check are Mrs Hayes and her son Cormac.

Hayes Family Christmas Light Display Raises incredible €13,000 for Limerick charities

By I Love Limerick correspondent Tara Byrne

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Hayes Family beautiful light display




The Hayes family of Shanagolden, Limerick, raised an incredible €13,000 for Milford Hospice and The Children’s Ark at University Hospital Limerick this year with their incredible Christmas light display of up to almost 300,000 lights.

The tradition began in 1997 and has since grown to be a well-looked forward to event each year at the Hayes home. It is one of the largest lights displays in Limerick and provides a wonderful treat for all in the community. In a post on Instagram, the Haye’s family stated “With the year that each and everyone has had we need something special to bring a smile to people’s faces”.

 With a goal of €2,000 on Go Fund Me, the Hayes family were incredibly impressed with the generosity of the community to end up raising a whopping €13,000. In a social media post, the Hayes family highlighted that even the young people of Limerick came to make their donations saying, “We had a young girl who was only 7 years old who knocked on our back door who handed in her collection of coins and wanted to give it towards people who needed it more”.

The Hayes family enthused that in the last four years they have managed to raise close to €25,000 for Milford Hospital Limerick and The Children’s Ark Unit in Limerick University Hospital but could not have done it without the help and generosity of the community. Cormac Hayes said in a post thanking local businesses and people who made donations, “The support has been amazing and without your help this event wouldn’t have been successful during these difficult times”.

The light display was opened by Niall Collins T.D. and Mayor of Limerick Michael Collins and ran for 53 days from 5 p.m to 10 p.m every night. The magical light display ended on January 6th, 2021. For anyone who couldn’t make it this year, the Hayes family informed everyone that the official date for turning the lights back on this year would be Saturday, November 6th, 2021 at 5 p.m.

The winter wonderland light display provided joy for all over the Christmas while also closely following COVID-19 regulations and staying within HSE guidelines. Maintaining the safety of their guests, the Hayes family provided a wonderfully festive display this Christmas.

Cormac Hayes reminds everyone to continue supporting each other in the community and to support local business, “Without your help and your support this event couldn’t have been successful. I ask all people to shop locally and support these fantastic businesses going forward in 2021. We would like to thank the staff and the wonderful children of TLC Childcare who give us a wonderful donation towards our fundraising”.

To see their donation page go HERE.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.