Toddler who survived hotel fall to turn on Limerick's Christmas lights

Lights: The event gets under way at 4.30pm this Sunday
Lights: The event gets under way at 4.30pm this Sunday

A three-year-old boy, who miraculously survived a six-story fall from a hotel balcony, will turn on the Christmas lights in Limerick this weekend.

Neil Shanahan was attending a coffee morning with his family at Limerick's Strand Hotel in July this year when the accident occurred.

He was treated at the scene by a local doctor before being brought to University Hospital Limerick and then to Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin.

Despite the odds, brave Neil returned home to his family within weeks and now has been given the honour of switching on the Christmas lights in front of thousands of people in Limerick this Sunday.

The fun family event starts at 4.30pm with the turning on of the lights scheduled for 6pm.

There will be performances from a number of special guests including soprano Sinéad O’Brien and the Unity Gospel Choir and also an appearance from Santa too.

“Limerick has had a great year in terms of economic progress and we have a lot to celebrate. Neil’s miraculous recovery is one of the great stories of the year and he is a real beacon of hope for all to latch onto, not least at Christmas,” Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon, Mayor of Limerick City and County told the Limerick Leader.

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