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WATCH: Community comes together to give Laois girl the perfect 21st birthday

This will most certainly brighten up your Monday!

Last week, we learned how a very special Mountrath girl’s 21st birthday celebrations had been ruined by the Coronavirus.

Hope, who has Down Syndrome, was supposed to go to Disneyland for her birthday on Sunday but when that couldn’t happen – her family put out a plea to bring Disneyland to her.

Her foster mam Margaret Gorman-Donovan asked for people who could, to drive past their house to give Hope a ‘drive-by birthday’.

And the community came in their droves. We had Snow White, Cruella de Vil and her dalmatians, Mickey Mouse, Big Bird and of course, Elsa from Frozen.

Everyone who was present was practising social distancing and those who were together all came from the one household.

Hope’s cousin Sarah Jane Allen told LaoisToday how it really was something that neither Hope nor her family will ever forget.

Sarah Jane said: “We cannot say thank you enough to everyone who participated.

“It was fantastic to see Hope’s little face light up with everyone driving by wishing her a Happy Birthday.

“Hope was so overwhelmed by all the love she has received and her heart is most definitely filled with joy.

“She couldn’t go to Disneyland and see the magic, so we brought the magic to her.

“She is one happy princess now.”

Check out a brilliant video from the day below and also some excellent pictures courtesy of the Mountrath Camera Club:

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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.