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Friday 23 February 2018

Cari charity lunch 'like start of Christmas' for Georgina

Cecelia, Miriam and Georgina Ahern with Gia Byrne
Cecelia, Miriam and Georgina Ahern with Gia Byrne
Aisling O’Neill and Ciara O’Callaghan

Some of Ireland's best-known faces enjoyed a ladies day out for the annual CARI (Children At Risk Ireland) Christmas lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel.

Georgina Ahern led the way with her four-year-old daughter, Gia.

She was joined by her sister, best-selling author Cecelia Ahern, and their mother, Miriam, the patron of the charity .

Tradition

"It's a very important charity. We always come as a family every year, it's a tradition we have," Georgina said.

"It's lovely. A lot of my friends take the day off work. It's like the start of Christmas for us."

Also there was former X Factor star Mary Byrne and former Voice of Ireland contestant Kayleigh Cullinan, who performed for guests.

Fair City actresses Aisling O'Neill, who plays Carol, and Ciara O'Call-aghan, who plays Yvonne, were there together.

Speaking about the character she plays, Aisling admitted she's not like Carol in real life.

"She's very gutsy and never boring. I've been very blessed with some great storylines. I'd be a lot quieter than she is," she said.

The day ended with a raffle followed by guests making their way to House for post-lunch cocktails.

CARI provides a therapy and counselling service to children and families affected by abuse.

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