Santa pays a visit to St John's Special School in Dungarvan

A school in County Waterford has had some festive visitors in the run-up to Christmas.

St John's Special School in Dungarvan welcomed Santy earlier today.

David McCarthy, a teacher at St John's, said the visit created some "much needed" festive spirit.

"Santy was kind to the kids and made it a really really special day for them. They all waved him off back up to the North Pole and Santy Claus said all the kids at St John's Special School are on the good list and to be fair - he's not wrong."


It also played host to Loki the Husky - one of Santy's little helpers. The visit was in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and raised almost €500.

Loki the Husky is a game created by David McLoughlin, from events company Prop Me Up, which McLoughlin said has been "as good as dormant" due to Covid-19. However he decided to set up the 'Loki the Husky' game to support the "incredible work" Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind do changing the lives of those who are vision impaired and the families of children with autism.

"It's a way of trying to bring the Christmas experience back around again while raising money for a good cause."