December 2, 2023

A real life princess – Kilkenny pulls out all stops to make brave girl’s dream come true


A BRAVE little girl will see her dream of being a princess come true in Kilkenny this week.

Ten-year-old Ellie Rose Richardson suffers from cortical dysplasia, a lifelong and non-curable condition.

It means Ellie Rose must undergoing continuous neurological and cardio medical interventions, medical control of seizures, OT, physio,  and speech and language therapy among other treatments.

But brave Ellie Rose doesn’t let all these procedures get her down, and now the community in Kilkenny will help give this amazing girl the wonderful dream she deserves.

Ellie Rose, who is from Co Tipperary, is a real girly girl who loves dressing up and loves visiting Kilkenny. This week Ellie Rose will be treated like she is the Princess of Kilkenny.

With the support of the MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, the five-star Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny gardaí and the Kilkenny Rose, Ellie Rose’s dream will come true.

“Ellie has the most amazing temperament, great courage and outlook on life and totally lights up any room she is in with her positivity and beautiful smile,” says Shay Kinsella, founder of Share A Dream Foundation.

Share A Dream Foundation makes dreams come true for seriously ill children all over Ireland and whatever their dream is Share A Dream tries to move heaven and earth to make it happen.

Ellie Rose’s week will see her being transformed into a Princess by hair and make-up experts in MacDonagh Junction before she goes on a royal tour around the centre.

Her limousine will then receive a Garda escort to the Lyrath Estate Hotel where she will be pampered with spa treatments, hair and nails treatments, and be treated to the finest dining in her two-night stay in a luxury suite.

Ellie Rose’s experience will start at lunchtime on Tuesday. So if you see her pass, give this wonderful Princess a little wave.

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