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Dale Farm has delivered a truck full of ice cream and lollies to two lucky schools in Hilltown as part of its Sharing Goodness campaign. The dairy company enlisted local influencer Caroline O’Neill in a surprise visit to St Paul’s Primary School, Cabra and St Patrick’s Hilltown, Newry. 

St Patrick's Hilltown pupils all ready for their ice cream.

The schools were chosen to receive the delivery after Dale Farm announced local man ‘Granda Joe’ Parr as a winner of the acts of kindness campaign. 

After receiving thousands of nominations, Granda Joe was chosen as a winner following several heart-warming entries from his family and friends.

Caroline O'Neill with pupils from St Paul's Primary School, Cabra.

Joe’s children and grandchildren were blown away by how he adapted to changes in daily life during the Pandemic. 

Speaking about Joe, his daughter Lisa said “Granda Joe is an incredible friend, brother, dad and Granda for the whole country. Throughout lockdown, he worked hard to support his family and community by mending ditches, building houses, and helping vulnerable family and neighbours. If anyone needed a helping hand, Joe was there.” 

The Hilltown man generously requested the two schools, attended by his grandchildren, receive the special delivery on his behalf.

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