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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Baby Hugh inspires Temple Street garden

Hannah Grouden (4) from Athlone (centre) enjoys the swing with Theo (5) and Fred Curley (3)
Hannah Grouden (4) from Athlone (centre) enjoys the swing with Theo (5) and Fred Curley (3)
Hannah Grouden (4) from Athlone (centre) enjoys the swing with Theo (5) and Fred Curley (3)
Jack Harmes (9) from Castleknock Dublin 15 is pictured with Ade Stack mother of Hugh Curley
Pictured from left to right are Olivia Cranmer (2) form Finglas Dublin 11 with her mother Selena.
Shannon Proudfoot (8) from Navan

Families with sick children in Temple Street Hospital can now make use of a new garden retreat to get away from the often stressful hospital environment.

The woodland-themed garden is the newest part of Hugh's House - the inspiration of Ade Stack and Marty Curley who felt compelled to help other parents and children after their youngest son Hugh was a patient at the hospital.

The eight-month-old, who had a neuro degenerative condition, sadly passed away in August 2013.

Hugh's House is located on Belvedere Place and Mountjoy Square and will be used by families attending the hospital.

"What can often fall apart is the family who are there for their child, because they don't have any support for themselves, so this is a very loving and caring environment for them to come to and really just take a break from it all," Ade explained.

"Our hope at the end of all this is that there's a queue down the street of kids trying to get into the garden. For myself and Marty we made the garden because we love our son. Even though he isn't with us anymore we still love him.

"I just want to thank everyone who helped build it. All we want now is for the garden to be used."

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Through Difference Days - a company set up to provide corporate days out with the aim of giving back to the community - supplied over 100 volunteers to help build the new garden.

These included staff from Aer Lingus, Breffni Construction and independent electricians and plumbers who banded together on the project.

The garden features a 'Bug Hotel', fairy doors, a swing in the shape of a bird's nest, a tree wall feature, wind chimes, a miniature library and bird boxes.

Millie Pritcher (5) from Malahide had a life-saving kidney transplant last year. She needed dialysis seven days a week but no longer requires it.

"I love the swings and making music [using the park's wind chimes] and the colourful walls," she said.

Hugo Turley (5) from Castleknock added: "It's really good, I love playing with the chalk and toys."

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