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WATCH: Community comes together to give young Laois girl ‘a birthday she will never forget’

This is really lovely.

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed just about every aspect of our lives – and how we celebrate birthdays is no different.

Yesterday, one Laois girl from Mountrath, turned 12-years-old.

Aoife Hyland, in normal circumstances, would have had a party with all her family and friends to celebrate but social distancing guidelines mean that simply can’t happen at the moment.

However, those that love and know her most were not about to let the moment pass without some form of celebration – so they did the only thing that they could.

Aoife was brought to the wall outside her house in Mountrath yesterday afternoon alongside mam Gemma, dad James and brother Sean where she was treated to a wonderful surprise.

All of her family, friends and neighbours got into their cars and proceeded to drive past her house in a motorcade with balloons, streamers and loud beeping of their horns.

Some even stopped to throw cards and presents out the window of their cars.

Aoife, who is a talented Gaelic footballer and an Irish dancer with Lynam School of Dancing in Portlaoise, was delighted.

Speaking to LaoisToday, Aoife’s mam Gemma explained how it all happened.

She said: “Her friends, family and neighbours did the drive by which was organised by our neighbour Paula Drennan.

“Paula’s daughter Caoimhe dances and plays football with Aoife and what they organised for her was incredible.

“It certainly made for a birthday that Aoife will never forget and I can’t thank them all enough.”

Check out the brilliant video below:

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.