8-year old uses communion money to buy ice cream for Temple Street patients

Liam and Gracie
Liam and Gracie

One young boy with a 'tremendously big heart' made more than a few faces smile in one of the country's biggest hospitals for children.

Liam O'Flynn (8) donated all of his First Holy Communion money to Temple Street Children's Hospital.

Young patients, their siblings and the hospital staff were all treated to ice-creams on one of the hottest days of the year.

Liam's whopping €550 donation also bought new toys for the children and contributed to the ‘reward fund’ , where children are rewarded with treats for being brave during dressing changes and small operations.

Proud mum Susan O’Flynn said Liam, from Monkstown, Cork suggested two months before his Communion that he wanted to use his money to help the hospital where his younger sister Gracie (2) was treated.

“He’s remarkable to be honest, it’s been a hugely positive day,” she told Independent.ie.

“The same kid is an absolute messer, he’s a wild thing. But he’s been thinking for months about what he could get for the kids at Temple Street Hospital.

“We thought look, if this is what he wants to do we should help him.

“Initially, he wanted to buy chairs for the mums and dads to sleep on, but when Gracie was sick our neighbours did a lot of fundraising and they have since got chairs.

“Then he was thinking about donating towards machines, but I had to tell him his money wouldn’t go that far.

“One of the days when we were above with Gracie a girl who had made her Confirmation had donated lots of new toys and Gracie got one, so he came up with the idea of sweets from that,” she continued. 

“The hospital designated €150 towards new toys for the children and also put €100 of the money towards the rewards which kids get for being brave after they’ve had a dressing change, now these kids will know it’s one of Liam’s rewards.

“The hospital were brilliant, emailing us and letting us know how we wanted the money used and what they were going to do.

“There was a piece on Damien Duff on the Temple Street Children’s Hospital Facebook page and Liam's post got more ‘likes’ so he is so proud of himself!”

Temple Street Children’s Hospital thanked Liam for his generosity on Facebook, writing, “Thank you so much to Liam for being so generous and donating his communion money so that each child in Temple Street got an ice-cream on Tuesday.

“[Liam’s sister Gracie] spent some time in Temple Street and he wanted to give something back.

“We are so grateful to Liam for being so kind and thinking of us and giving all of our little patients a treat yesterday.”