Caoimhe lights up the Limerick sky in aid of neo-natal unit

The Lynch family home lit up for Christmas

SEVEN year old Caoimhe Lynch reckons she’s famous – and she’s not wrong.

The hundreds of cheery Christmas lights and blow moulds that brighten her home close to the Bruff line have put her on television and attracted visitors from all over the country.

Parents, Lorraine and Kevin started lighting up their home for fun but since baby Caoimhe was born in 2010 arriving 7 weeks early and weighing 2lbs 5oz they have collected funds for the neo natal unit in the Maternity Hospital in Limerick.

Caoimhe spent nine long weeks in unit.

“Unless you’ve had a child in the unit you really don’t know what it’s about. We set up a little display this year in our shed to show people the amazing work the unit does,” said Lorraine.

The display includes some of the tiny nappy sizes worn by newborn Caoimhe, a tiny Baby Born doll. to show how little she was at 2lbs 5 ozs and pictures from the unit while she was there.

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“She was so small I had to shop for clothes for her in Smyths toyshop,” Lorraine told the Limerick Post. “Then my sister-in-law Mary started knitting for her, which was fantastic”.

This weekend, the Lynch’s will switch on 200 light features and 250 lit-up blow moulds. The Lynchs have added 30 new pieces this year, including a new crib designed and made by Kevin.

Last year the Lynchs were runners-up in RTE’s Today show “Most Christmassy house competition” and we made the top 5 houses for the Energia “Most lit up christmas house” competition.

The entire light-up adds around €250 to the household bills but the cost is much less than ot might be as the Lynch’s have replaced every ordinary bulb in their display with LED’s.

The family leaves buckets out for people to donate if they wish but everyone is welcome to come and see the lights. “We were just sorting them out last weekend when I looked out the window and there was an American family wandering around the yard – they were visiting and someone told them to come and see the lights,” said Lorainne.

The lights will be on every night from 5 to 10pm until January 6.  The house is situated just off the Bruff line 6km from O’Rourke’s Cross towards Newcastlewest.

Or just follow the glow in the sky.

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