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RCSI decks its halls as Rose of Tralee, Elysha welcomes Senior Citizens to annual Christmas Lunch

01 December 2015

RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) hosted annual Christmas lunch for senior citizens of the local community, a tradition that has been going for more than 25 years. This year, attendees were joined by Elysha Brennan, RCSI student and current Rose of Tralee. The lunch, for senior citizens living in the catchment area of the College, is organised by the REACH (Recreation Education And Community Health) RCSI programme, supported voluntarily by RCSI staff and is sponsored by the College. The festivities, held on Tuesday 1st December, included a Christmas lunch and afternoon of music and dancing. 

Pictured (l-r) is Catherine Riley, Elysha Brennan, Ann Boyle and Mary Kelly having great fun pulling a christmas cracker the annual RCSI Christmas lunch for senior citizens of the local community. More than 100 senior citizens aged between 60 to 90 years attended the Christmas celebrations. Mick Doherty entertain the crowd with his music for the afternoon.

The senior citizens were joined by Elysha Brennan, who was crowned Rose of Tralee in August. Elysha captured the hearts of the nation during the competition when she spoke of her passions including a love for the Late Late Show, her difficulties with learning to drive, her ambitions to be a paediatrician and her triumph over adversity after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma (a form of leukaemia) weeks before her Leaving Cert began. 

Guests hit the floor with Elysha!

Speaking on the annual Christmas lunch, Maria Kelly, REACH RCSI Manager said "It's fantastic to keep up this long-standing RCSI tradition and to have Elysha volunteer from her very busy schedule is brilliant. The annual Christmas lunch really does mark the beginning of Christmas at RCSI. Thanks to the staff who are also volunteering their time and very much enjoy giving something back to the local community." 

Maureen doesn't look like she is in the Christmas spirit at all!

The REACH RCSI programme was established in 2007 to encourage and facilitate third level participation and enhance the life chances for those traditionally underrepresented at third level, particularly those from Dublin's South Inner City.

RCSI is ranked 46th in the world for ‘International Outlook' and #251 - 300 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2015-2016). It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide.