ALTHOUGH his huge range of Christmas lights may be taken down and carefully stored for another year, the positive impact of Tony Fitzpatrick’s ‘Christmas house’ in Drinagh is still being felt as he has donated over £5,000 to a charity.
this is in addition to a donation made to Wexford Hospice Homecare in his name by Energia, after he came second in ‘Ireland’s Most Christmassy House 2021’.
Taking over 12 years to install everything and check all the bulbs, Tony’s house attracts visitors from all over every year. With a donation box on the portal, people are invited to donate what they can and Tony was delighted to combine donations totaling €5,062 from the public with his Energia award to make a significant donation to local causes.
Always calm and humble, “I’m delighted,” Tony said. “I was a little surprised that we raised so many donations this year. I think people may have missed it last year when we couldn’t because of Covid.
“We had a really big crowd a few days and I just want to thank everyone who donated.”
Tony met with representatives from Wexford Hospice Homecare and Wexford People Helping People at The Farmer’s Kitchen to present them with checks for €3,062 and €2,000 respectively. Combined with the Energia Prize Fund, it brings the total donation to Wexford Hospice Homecare to €7,062.
It’s a cause close to Tony’s heart, as he lost his beloved wife Mary many years ago. After winning the Energia Award, he said: “Mary absolutely loved (the Christmas lights) too. We started it, the two of us, 26 years ago for children. Now I do it for the grandkids. I love.”
Both charities were blown away by Tony’s act of kindness at Christmas and thanked him profusely for his efforts and everyone who donated on the doorstep during their visit throughout the month of December.