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Children, parents and staff at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin beamed as Katie Taylor, Olympic Boxing Winner 2012 spent three-and-a-half hours visiting sick children, posing for pictures, and letting them wear her hard-earned medal today 20 August 2012.

One of her biggest fans was Jack O'Sullivan (7), from Tallaght, Dublin, who spent hours making a large multi-coloured poster congratulating the athlete on her performance in London 2012.

And she signed a drawing which Sean Bergin (10), from Roscrea, Co Offaly, had made for her yesterday morning when he heard that she was planning to visit.

A hospital spokeswoman said: "Katie chatted to the children about why they were in hospital and when they might get home. All the children got to see Katie's gold medal and the mams and dads were just as excited to meet her."

Teresa Slevin, Nurse Manager at the National Children's Cancer and Blood Disorder Centre, said everyone in the hospital was "delighted" to meet with the boxing phenomenon.

"Katie's visit was a wonderful distraction for the children and their parents," she said. "The buzz in the ward before and after her visit was fabulous."

Chief Executive Lorcan Birthistle, said Katie has always been very supportive of the hospital and they are "very grateful" she paid them a visit so soon after her Olympic success.

The 26-year-old visited the National Children's Burns Unit and the National Children's Centre at the hospital. She also spent more than an hour in the Medical Tower meeting patients, signing pictures and posing for photos.

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