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Benhaffaf boys' mum the new patron of Twinfest

Fundraising event is also a place for multiple-birth siblings to meet and bond with similar families.

Angie Benhaffaf enjoys her playful twin sons Hassan and Hussein as they wait to meet Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Cork last year.
Angie Benhaffaf enjoys her playful twin sons Hassan and Hussein as they wait to meet Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Cork last year.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire

THE MOTHER OF Cork twins Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf is the new patron of Twinfest Ireland.

The festival, which gathers together twins and multiple-birth siblings once a year in aid of various charities, is being held in Keash, Co Sligo on Sunday, 18 August this year. It was originally established in memory of Katie Garvey, who died at five months old of meningitis. Katie’s parents Martha and George wanted to raise awareness of the deadly disease and so Katie’s uncle Patrick, himself a twin, had the idea of a Twinfest celebration to highlight their cause and to raise funds.

This year, funds from Twinfest go to ACT for Meningitis. Angie Benhaffaf, mother to Hassan and Hussein – who were born conjoined but separated in a complex operation in 2010 – has said she is proud to be the new patron of Twinfest. She said that she and her family were returning to the festival – and urged “all twins and multiples, young and old to make a journey you will never forget”.

In the spirit of celebrating the multiple sibling bond, here are some of our favourite twin pics:

Benhaffaf boys' mum the new patron of Twinfest
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    The Dolly Sisters, twins Roszika (Rosie) and Janszieka (Jenny) Deutsch, were massive stage stars in the early 1900s across Europe and the US. (Pic: PA Images archive)
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    These are indeed 'twins'. Reuben Blake, 5, with his twin Floren, seven weeks, in Cheltenham, Englan in January this year - they were conceived from the same batch of embryos created during their parents' fertility treatment but implanted five years apart. (Pic: Ben Birchall/PA Wire)
  • Twins

    These twin brothers Jose and Hugo Choque married twin sisters Claudia and Patricia Mendoza in Bolivia in 2006. (Pic: AP Photo/Dado Galdieri)
  • Twins

    This is an astonishing picture when you realise the context - it shows two US army medics holding a pair of newborn Vietnamese conjoined twins who were separated in a two-hour operation at the US Army Evacuation Hospital in Vung Tau, south Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War in 1969. Twins Shirley and Judy had been joined at the abdomen and liver. (Pic: AP Photo/Max Nash)
  • Twins

    This was a heartwarming tale: firefighters from Phibsboro fire station delivered babies Ben and Jonathan Gillick in 2010 when they were born prematurely to mum Miriam. Pictured is firefighter Rachel Lee with the boys. (Pic: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)
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    Twins Aaron and Robert Lynch from Castleknock, Dublin were 8 at this 2009 Christmas Eve broadcast of the Joe Duffy Show on Grafton Street. Who do we think they were imitating? (Pic: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)
  • Twins

    Yes, probably these guys... (Pic: Julien Behal/PA Wire/PA Images)

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