Neeson’s praise for Portrush Primary pupils

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Movie superstar Liam Neeson has praised children from a Portrush school for their fight against homelessness.

Portrush Primary School invited the Ballymena-born action hero to their Christmas play performances.

And while Neeson wasn’t able to make it, he sent them a very special message praising their support for those living on the streets.

The school’s ‘A Home for Christmas’ raised £950 and a selection of gifts for homeless people in Northern Ireland through the Simon Community’s Coleraine facility.

In an email to the school, Neeson said: “I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to send you this message before your school’s two performances, which, I believe, finished last night.

“I do hope they went more than well and that your primary school children performed with energy and excitement and that your audiences were appreciative.

“How terrific you are helping your local Simon Community through those school shows.

“Homelessness is a tragedy and many people find themselves on the streets for various reasons. The real tragedy is that most times we walk past these people as if they didn’t exist and generally don’t give them a moments thought.

“By highlighting their plight you and your wonderful children are helping to restore their dignity and self-worth, no matter how small that gesture may be.

“Many congratulations and I hope you carry on this Christmas tradition every year.

“Thank you for reaching out and sharing. You and your primary school definitely get the ‘Oscar’ from me.”

Staff at the school were delighted Neeson took time out to reply to their ambitious invite.