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Laois man with a big heart brings Christmas cheer to his town

A Laois man with a big heart brought some Christmas cheer to his town once again this year.

Ned Horan rode around Mountmellick on a white horse, dressed as Santa Claus, on Christmas morning.

The 70-year-old retired builder has been doing this for the last decade.

And according to daughter-in-law Ciara Walsh, he wasn’t going to allow Covid-19 to stop him from bringing a Christmas smile to people’s faces.

Ten years ago, Ned surprised his family with the Santa outfit and it has since become a family tradition for him, his seven children and many grandchildren

He usually does a lap of the town with a few pit stops to the various housing estates along the way.

A keen horse enthusiast, Ned once trekked across the Sahara Desert to raise money for the Irish Heart Foundation.

Fair play Ned!

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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.