Cork Girl Aine Ducey (16) Star...


Cork Girl Aine Ducey (16) Stars In Third LauraLynn Abbey Theatre Production

Breda Forrest
Breda Forrest

12:54 19 Feb 2024

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LauraLynn are celebrating the success of their third Abbey Theatre performance which saw six of LauraLynn’s little stars take to the prestigious stage.

16-year-old Aine Ducey from County Cork was one of the stars to take part in this very special production.

The original script entitled ‘The Invitation’, written by Paul Timoney, follows the adventures of six children from LauraLynn through a magical story filled with bravery, action, excitement, and thrills. A show-stopping performance by each actor wowed the crowds while the tale of cranky grannies, Mr Tumble and a special invitation ensured this performance was anything but ordinary!

For the third time in its history, the curtains in the Abbey Theatre raised to a full accessible production, with original soundtrack, set design and costumes. This unique performance was held in conjunction with the Abbey Theatre and the National Gallery of Ireland. Each star of the performance had a costume designed specifically for their wheelchair by the National Gallery of Ireland.

Parents, siblings, family and friends were in attendance, who all joined in the celebrations of this magnificent performance. Each child was given the full celebrity treatment with hair, makeup and costumes provided to jazz up the day.

Aine’s mum Angela commented; "Today was such a special day for Aine. Performing and singing on The Abbey stage has been a dream come through for Aine. We all watched on with such pride, to see our star take to the stage is a moment we will cherish forever."

Michelle Hartnett, Senior Play Therapist at LauraLynn and the Abbey Theatre Event Co-ordinator, says: “This collaboration is a testament to the resilience and spirit of these remarkable children. Our aim is to foster an environment where creativity knows no bounds, and where each child's character is celebrated. Through the magic of theatre, we aim to create memories and moments of pure joy for these children and their families.”

As the only Children’s Hospice in Ireland, LauraLynn provides support to families at the toughest of times in the hospice, in the hospital, in the community or in their home, whatever the child and family wish.

Since opening in September 2011, LauraLynn Ireland Children’s Hospice has provided specialised hospice care to more than 750 children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Unlike a hospital, a hospice provides holistic care to each child which enables them to make the most of every day. This care also extends to the family of each patient who are often dealing with difficult emotional, physical and financial pressure.

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