Christmas Lights Display by Youghal Local for Mercy Cancer Appeal another huge success

By Claire O’Donoghue


For the past 25 years, Pat Carey’s House in Blackwater Heights has been a source of wonder for young and old at Christmas time. The house and garden get an extreme makeover, with every inch adorned with decorations and lights. Over the last 6 years, Pat has had a donation box for people who came to view the Christmas Light Spectacular. All proceeds from donations, as well as the Bumper Raffle and musical night at Brú na Sí, go directly to the Mercy Hospital Cancer Appeal.

Pat and Mag Carey with Deirdre Finn( Mercy Hospital)

This year Pat raised €6,175 – his largest amount to date, and which brings the total donations to the Mercy Hospital Cancer Appeal for the past 6 years to over €25,000! Speaking with The East Cork Journal, Pat made it clear that there were many people to thank, “I’m very grateful to all the sponsors and I must especially mention Brookes SuperValu, Harringtons Bakery, Lidl, Blackwater Blinds and of course Brú na Sí. Thanks also to all those who bought tickets, sold tickets and made donations. The people of Youghal never shy away from helping a great cause. Many thanks as well to all my family and friends for their support.”

There has been talk of 2018 being the last year that Pat will undertake the trojan work of organising all that goes into the festive fun of lights, raffles and musical galas. He has certainly earned the rest for all his efforts. When asked he said, “Well yes, that was my last year. I’ll still do the raffle though and well, we’ll still be doing the night of music at Brú na Sí and there’ll be lights outside the house too, but not up high”. So the only thing he won’t be doing, as time goes on, is climbing up a ladder. Hardly retirement!

Lukasz Dolezinski and Caroline Prendergast of Lidl Youghal with Pat and Margaret Carey.

Congratulations and well done from all at The East Cork Journal for your amazing work, Pat. Your show-stopping efforts, raising more than €25,000 over the past 6 years, have been inspiring and will certainly make a difference in the lives of those attending the Mercy Hospital Cancer Unit.