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'Youghal' see those lights?

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 4:57pm

A dazzling Cork Christmas tradition will once again illuminate the Youghal community this holiday season.

Since 2013, Pat Carey from Youghal has been lighting up his family home with incredible festive displays in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation.

The brilliant spectacle is now recognised as a must-see event on the Cork Christmas calendar attracting visitors from near and far to feast their eyes on the Youghal yuletide wonderment.

Speaking to the Cork Independent yesterday, Pat, known locally as the ‘man with the lights’, said: “It started on Christmas Eve six years ago. I went to my doctor and she sent me straight to the Mercy Hospital. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer which was a big shock to the system just before Christmas.”

He continued: “My birthday falls on Stephen’s Day and all of my family, my two sons and my two daughters and my grandchildren, all come over every year. That year, after their dinner I had to explain to them that I’m after being diagnosed with cancer. It was a big shock to them.

“But the Mercy hospital were absolutely fantastic, and now I have a clean bill of health.”

Pat’s Christmas Lights Show will launch on Saturday 8 December at 5.30pm with Santa Claus on hand to help with the big switch-on, while the Holy Family Choir perform a host of classic Christmas Carols.

The show will light up number 25 Blackwater Heights, Youghal from 6-9pm every night during the Christmas period with all donations going to the Mercy Hospital Cancer Appeal.

Pat continued: “I love doing the lights. I’d be in the shed preparing them from September onwards and there were a lot of sleepless nights getting everything ready. The lights are my signature and I do everything myself, there’s nobody allowed to help me.”

Pat was recognised for his fundraising and generosity in 2016 when he awarded a Mercy Star and named as Volunteer of the Year.

He said: “It was just unbelievable to get the award. I know there are people out there who help in a big way so I was very humbled to be nominated.”

Pat and his family have raised almost €19,000 for cancer services in the Mercy Hospital since the 2013.

“I get fierce publicity come this time of year, which is very much appreciated, but come January I’ll be forgotten about again, but cancer goes on,” he concluded.

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