30th November 2012
Our Carols for Commuters Campaign which aims to raise essential funds for St. Michael’s House is set to continue this Christmas and has just been launched in Heuston Station, where former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter officially lit up the tree along with staff, families and friends of St. Michael’s House.
St. Michael’s House is a community-based voluntary organisation which was founded by parents in 1955, the organisation has grown to become one of the largest providers of services to people with an intellectual disability in Ireland. Today, St. Michael’s House provides a range of specialised services to over 1,450 children and adults with a learning disability and their families through 160 community based centres in the greater Dublin area.
Bringing Christmas Cheer to Heuston
Niamh Thornton, age 11 from Clonshaugh, along with friends Alex Byrne, aged 11 and Laura Furlong, aged 8, all helped Holly to switch on the Christmas tree lights. Niamh said, “ I am so happy to turn on the Christmas Tree lights. Thank you to Iarnród Éireann for picking me. Happy Christmas to everyone”
Niamh is currently a pupil at Scoil Caitriona, Artane and receives support from the St. Michael’s House S.T.E.M.S team through Speech and language therapy. Niamh keeps her Mum Brigit busy with all her many activities including bowling, Irish dancing and gymnastics. Niamh recently dumped Harry from One Direction and has now claimed Justin Beiber as her boyfriend!
Barbara Wiseman, Head of Fundraising, St. Michael’s House commented: “We are delighted that Iarnród Éireann has chosen us as their charity for 2012/2013. It is great to have the support of a national organisation like Iarnród Éireann. Christmas Carols for Commuters raised €14,000 in funds for St Michael’s House in 2011; we hope the campaign is just as successful in 2012 with the support of Iarnród Éireann.
Professional choirs, schools and musicians will be voluntarily performing in aid of St.Michael's House and collection points will be in Heuston and Connolly station from the 1st – 23rd December. Iarnród Éireann is delighted to support St. Michael’s House as its chosen charity of the year. We encourage all of our passengers to support St. Michael’s House by donating their spare change to the money collection points in Heuston and Connolly stations this Christmas.