Matt Damon has taken time out of his busy schedule during his latest visit to Ireland to send a heartfelt message of support to sick children, families and staff in CHI at Temple Street.

The 50-year-old Oscar-winning actor, who has been shooting scenes in Ireland for his upcoming film, The Last Duel, praised the "incredibly brave" children who are receiving treatments.

"Hi to the staff, parents and patients at the Temple Street hospital, this is Matt Damon sending you a big hello," he said in the video. 

"I know these last months have been brutal but you're incredibly brave to keep going in there to get your treatments and I just want to say I think you guys are amazing, keep it up."

Commenting on Damon's special message, Denise Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of Children's Health Foundation Temple Street says, "We are so thrilled and delighted to get this inspiring message from Matt during this challenging time as we all enter into this phase of restrictions.

"The last eight months have been tough on everyone right across the country but for parents whose children in CHI at Temple Street, some of whom are battling life threatening illness, it has been even harder."

"As we all get ready to work together to do our part in stopping the spread of the virus for the next six weeks please spare a thought for all of those  staff, parents and patients in our hospitals who are fighting every day. We will continue to work hard to raise funds to support them every day," she added.

"Please, if you can help, do what you can to help them. We know times are tough but we also know that we are a great country for pulling together and our patients need you more than ever now."