A unique way of remembering a loved one who has emigrated or passed away was launched at University Hospital Galway earlier this week.
Members of the public are invited to sponsor a light on a Christmas tree - which is displayed at the entrance of the facility - and dedicate it to a loved one who is absent over Christmas.
This annual event is the brainchild of the Children’s Remembrance Day committee.
“Every time a light is sponsored, the family of the person to whom the light is dedicated receives a Christmas card,” explains Margaret Duignan of the committee.
“Many families have loved ones who have emigrated and this is a thoughtful way of letting them know that they are missed. Lights can also be sponsored for a loved one who has died. Unfortunately many families have experienced bereavement during the year and sponsoring a light is a lovely way to acknowledge their loss.”
Local musician Matt Keane of the famous Keane family from Caherlistrane formally launched the Christmas cards and lights on Tuesday.
The lights go on sale in the main foyer of UHG from Friday until Saturday December 7. Details of dates and selling times are available from committee members. The lights cost €5 each and the funds raised are used to finance the annual activities organised by the committee. Any balance goes towards enhancing the facilities within the hospital for bereaved families.
The Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 4.45 pm on Sunday December 7. The afternoon’s festivities will begin at 3pm with music from the Conquerors and friends. Christmas carols will be sung by the boys and girls of Scoil Catriona, Renmore. The committee is hoping that Santa may also pay a visit.
For more information contact Margaret Duignan at (091 ) 523206 or Susan Massey at (087 ) 9452810.