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Connacht visit Galway Hospital and Ability West to spread Xmas cheer

Pat Lam’s players decided to do something different to secret santa this year.

CONNACHT DECIDED NOT to have their annual secret santa this Christmas, instead opting to get out and visit children at University College Hospital Galway and Ability West in Tuam.

Quin Roux, Dave McSharry, Aly Muldowney, Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmion, Eoin McKeon and Craig Ronaldson with  Darragh Reddington Connacht players with five-month-old Darragh Reddington at Galway Hospital. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Yesterday, John Muldoon, Mils Muliaina and 23 other players visited the children’s ward of the Galway Hospital to meet with the young patients there. Meanwhile, Sligo man Sean Henry and 20 of his team mates were in the Ability West centre in Tuam.

Ability West is dedicated to helping children and adults with intellectual disability.

We usually do auld secret santa among ourselves and a couple of the lads decided that this year we wouldn’t do that,” Connacht captain Muldoon told TheScore.ie.

“Instead, we said we’d go out and visit Ability West and we’d go to the Children’s Hospital in Galway, just hand out a few selection boxes and a few things here and there. It was something different and it’s great to get some young fans on board.”

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Dave Heffernan, Dave McSharry, Craig Ronaldson and John Muldoon with Katie Salmon (2) and Deirdre Kennedy

Dave Heffernan, Dave McSharry, Craig Ronaldson and John Muldoon with Katie Salmon and Deirdre Kennedy Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

John Muldoon alongside Aisling Kennedy (4) from Ballymoe

John Muldoon with Aisling Kennedy Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

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Ultan Dillane, Matt Healy and Willie Faloon met with Eoin Kiely (10) from Knocknacarra and his father John

Ultan Dillane, Matt Healy and Willie Faloon with Eoin Kiely and his father John Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

John Muldoon, Dave McSharry, Aly Muldowney, Eoin McKeon and Dave Heffernan around Katie Lenihan (10)

John Muldoon, Dave McSharry, Aly Muldowney, Eoin McKeon and Dave Heffernan with Katie Lenihan Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Conor McPhillips meets Caoimhe Grealish (13) from Carnmore

Conor McPhillips with Caoimhe Grealish Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Ultan Dillane and Matt Healy pack down with Oisin O’Donnell (10) from Killanin

Ultan Dillane and Matt Healy with Oisin O'Donnell Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Over in Ability West, the Connacht players were warmly welcomed too

DSCF2531 Source: Connacht Rugby

Paul Cannon knows the players well having recently been the Connacht mascot for the game against Bayonne in Galway

DSCF2536 Source: Connacht Rugby

DSCF2541 Source: Connacht Rugby

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