A young Dublin boy got the surprise of his life when Santa Clause popped in for a surprise visit.
Bobby Walsh Mooney, 7, lives with his two sisters Charlotte and Sophia and his parents in Finglas.
The youngster, who has autism, loves all things Christmas which includes wearing Christmas t-shirts and doing his best to spread Christmas cheer all year round.
On Saturday, Bobby and his sister Sophia had a very special visit from Santa Clause at his home.
The visit was very kindly organised by Rachel Starrs and Joe Lynch, where Santa snuck into the family’s house to surprise the delighted youngsters with sweets and gifts, including a special pair of shoes for Bobby.
In the video, Bobby and his sister Sophia, 8, are seen a look of with faces pure joy on their faces as they met Santa, who was hiding in the bedroom waiting to surprise them.
Speaking to Dublin Live, Bobby’s proud mum Cindy said: “It made his year to see Santa yesterday, he’s all excited for Christmas and loves everything to do with it.
“For his birthday in March, he had a special ‘Christmas Eve’ style party. He wears his Christmas t-shirts all year and the Christmas shoes with his name that I got made for him. We call him our Christmas Bobby.”
Cindy and her family say they were blown away by the kindness and support they have been shown by their local community in Finglas.
“During the pandemic with Covid we lost so much, but Rachel’s lifted us up and everyone has been amazing.
“We want to thank Rachel and Joe who organised the visit for Bobby, Rachel does amazing work. Bobby plays football with his team Finglas United Youth FC and he goes to the deaf school in Cabra, and his teacher has said he’s not struggling with PE like he used to, he loves the football. The community here is fantastic.”
Cindy said that she is still “beaming with joy” after the heartwarming visit.
“Rachel and Joe gave Bobby and Sophia memories they will have forever especially our little Christmas Bobby.”