Childline has reported an 11% increase in calls on Christmas day compared to last year.

Yesterday, more than 1,000 calls, texts and emails were received by the service which is provided by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Childline manager Margie Roe said the majority of calls were from children who were lonely, who felt isolated or depressed and who were having family difficulties.

Margie Roe said that some children who had used the service earlier in the year contacted them yesterday to say they were doing well and to say thank you.