Sunday 24 September 2017

'If I don't do it, then it doesn't get done at all'

Moira Skelly with her daughter Ciara
Moira Skelly with her daughter Ciara
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

MOIRA Skelly is a woman who has an extraordinary number of people depending on her care.

The busy mother of four (54) lives with her husband Paul in Clondalkin, Dublin, along with their two youngest children aged 19 and 24. She also supports her mother Carmel (87) and her 90-year-old aunt Maureen.

Up until four years ago, Mrs Skelly also worked outside the home, but she was then forced to give up her job and become a full-time carer for her youngest daughter, Ciara (19), who has a range of special needs.

Her daily routine involves caring for her daughter, cooking and cleaning for the family and looking after the homes of both her mother and her aunt.

ALONE

"Ciara has multiple intellectual and physical disabilities – epilepsy, autism, cerebral palsy," she said.

"My mother is 87 and she lives alone. My aunt is 90 and recently widowed. Maureen is able to look after herself, I look after her finances and bills. I bring her to the hairdresser and doctor – she is housebound."

Mrs Skelly brings the elderly women on their weekly outing to her home on Sundays, where she prepares a meal for the family. She says she would not have it any other way.

"If I don't do it, it doesn't get done at all. I don't have any siblings, there's only me," she said. She also praised the assistance that she receives from her husband and her older children, saying: "They are fairly good."

Irish Independent

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