‘Nana is a celebrity now’: The story behind this heartwarming photo

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This photograph was voted the winner of Centra’s #LiveToday competition, celebrating living in the moment. More than a thousand people entered – but Martina Corry, 24, from Clare won the popular vote with this striking image of her grandmother waiting at the door to go to a party.

Here, Martina tells the story behind the picture – and how her grandmother’s approach to life has influenced the family. 

THIS IS A photo of my grandmother Josie O’Brien, but Nana O’Brien to all of us. She’s 88. She was the youngest of eight, but she’s the last one remaining. It was taken in Tula, Co Clare, where she lives.
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O’Connor and Gleeson scoop GAA/GPA Young Hurler and Young Footballer of the Year awards

MAYO’S DIARMUID O’CONNOR and Deise star Austin Gleeson were honoured with the prestigious Young Player of the Year awards at tonight’s GAA/GPA Opel Allstar bash at the Convention Centre in the capital.

21-year-old O’Connor, picked up his second straight Young Footballer of the Year and now stands level with big brother Cillian as two-time winners of the award. His Grandmother, Teresa O’Donovan, was a local in The Neale.

 

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Family hail community response in search for son

The family of an Erris man who drowned at sea last year have hailed the ‘incredible’ support they received from the community in the search for his body.
The body of Daniel Doherty (22) was found in Lacken Bay on September 25, two weeks after he went missing whilst out working his lobster pots off the Erris coast.
An inquest into his death last Wednesday heard that the huge land and sea search saw hundreds of people lend their support.
Figures from the Irish Coast Guard show that 150 people helped during the week and that figure rose to 500 at the weekend. However, the family stress these figures just account for those who signed up at a local community centre – many more simply joined the search mid stream.

“The help we got from the wider community was incredible. We will be forever grateful,” Daniel’s mother Noreen said afterwards.

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Fashion and fizz at The Lodge

AN evening of fashion, fizz and elegance will take place at The Lodge at Ashford this Saturday to raise funds for Cong Village playground.
A selection of Autumn/Winter fashions will be showcased by Catwalk Model Agency who will bring to life the latest trends from eleven ladies boutiques across the west of Ireland.

Cupcakes and prosecco will greet those in attendance and all proceeds on the night will go towards the much needed Cong Village playground which will be a reality in time for summer 2017.

Organiser Suzanne Devereux says it’s going to be a fantastic evening of fashion adding that The Lodge at Ashford was the ‘perfect venue’.

Fundraising for the playground, which is planned to start early next year, near the new carpark outside the village, started last October.

“It’s something we’ve needed for years and years and we’ve been trying to raise funds and secure the site. We hope to get LEADER funding next year,” explained Susan.

To date, the Cong playground committee has raised €16,000. The committee along with Cong Tidy Towns would like to thank Sweeney Oil and The Lodge at Ashford Castle for their generous support for this event.

 

Source: http://www.mayonews.ie/news/28677-fashion-and-fizz-at-the-lodge

Mayo lady celebrates her 104th birthday!

Congratulations to Mayo lady Mrs. Elizabeth McGowan (Lizzy) who has celebrated her 104thbirthday. Lizzy blew out the candles on her cake with her family and friends who joined her for the big party in St. Brendan’s Unit, Mulranny.

childAmong the guests was her great-granddaughter Caitlin O’Reilly (pictured below) who is more than a century younger than Lizzy.

Caitlin’s eyes were wide with excitement as she enjoyed celebrating her great-grandmother’s birthday – the age difference between them is 102.5 years.