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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Big-hearted taxi drivers give children a great day out

Dublin Taxi Drivers day out for Children. Driver Pat Doyle with Mya and Keelin Pardy on board as the taxis depart from the start of the run at Parnell Square. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Dublin Taxi Drivers day out for Children. Driver Pat Doyle with Mya and Keelin Pardy on board as the taxis depart from the start of the run at Parnell Square. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Wesley Smith from Kells with Garda Tomas Boyle at the start of the run from Parnell Square. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Erin (7) and Karl Ryan at the start of the run from Parnell Square. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Ella (4) and Louise O'Keefe at the start of the run from Parnell Square. Photo: Gerry Mooney

With painted faces, fancy dress costumes and even painted cars, the capital's taxi drivers turned up by the carload to create a special day out for special children.

Hundreds of vehicles took part in the Dublin Taxi Drivers' Special Children's Outing, bringing smiles to the faces of all involved.

Parade

Since 1960, big-hearted taxi men and women have banded together to create a fun event for children with special needs.

The drivers - more than 400 of them - gave their time freely to make sure the youngsters had a day to remember at the event, which was sponsored by the Herald.

Children were picked up yesterday from their homes, schools and hospitals to be taken on a parade out of the city.

There were balloons aplenty to help make the proceedings even more colourful as participants gathered in Parnell Square for the start of the procession.

Members of the Garda Band were on hand to provide musical entertainment for the crowds.

Onlookers could see everything from brightly coloured cars with dinosaurs on top to Count Dracula entertaining the youngsters.

From the city centre, the children were chauffeured with a Garda escort south to Leopardstown Racecourse.

There the festivities continued, as they were treated to more music, face painting and games.

They were lucky with the weather, as the rain held out for most of what was a day to long remember.

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