Pupils from a secondary school in Portlaoise have collected almost 2,000 books for children who are living in emergency accommodation this Christmas.

The idea came from the "kindness committee" established at Scoil Chriost Rí earlier this year.

Teacher Edel Griffin said: "We have been collecting second-hand children's books since last month. Our wonderful senior students then categorised them into three different age groups 0 to 4, 5 to 9 and 10 plus.

"We then set about wrapping them in reusable wrapping and decorations. We also added on a lovely poem that was crafted by one of our sixth year students."

The books are being delivered in 200 parcels to the Peter McVerry Trust later today.

"The girls were inspired by the idea of spreading privilege - real privilege - which really does reside in the experiences we have as children. 

"Passing on books is the best way we could think of spreading joy and magic this Christmas," Ms Griffin said.