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Sunday 22 October 2017

Golf star G-Mac and fiancee Kristen play Santa for sick children with cheque for ¤200k

GOLF superstar Graeme McDowell has been playing Santa at Our Lady's Children Hospital in Crumlin by dropping off a cheque for €200,000.

The newly engaged golfer looked tanned and relaxed as he spread cheer through the hospital's cardiac unit and left behind the massive donation.

McDowell's G-Mac Foundation made the donation earlier this year to help rebuild the hospital's cardiac unit, expected to be completed by next summer.

Graeme (33) was accompanied by his fiancee, American interior designer Kristin Stape. The couple are getting married late next year.

Among the children they visited was one-month-old Aoife O'Reilly, from Dublin, and her mum Louisa.







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Around 100 children will spend Christmas in the hospital because they are too sick to go home.

The hard-working staff are trying to bring some festive fun to the hospital to brighten up the children's day.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise O Muiri, will make a special visit to the hospital on Christmas Day and the children will also tuck into a special Christmas dinner.

The Herald has also been assured that special arrangements have been made for Santa Claus to get onto the wards on Christmas Eve.

"On Christmas Day the Lord Mayor of Dublin will visit the children," Lorcan Birthistle, chief executive of OLCHC, said. "The children will have a special Christmas Day dinner cooked for them and Santa always drops by on Christmas Eve to give gifts to the children."

Earlier this week, a host of celebs, such as comedian Brendan O'Carroll and X Factor star Mary Byrne, visited the hospital as part of the Heinz Celebrity Ward Walk.

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