Annie (93) among top silver surfers

Published 24/10/2012 | 11:46

Minister Fergus O'Dowd presents 93-year-old Anne O'Brien with her Google Silver Surfer Award at Google headquarters, while her son Sean looks on. Anne has written a thesis on the history of the McClintock Estate in Drumcar.

A 93-YEAR-OLD woman from Drumcar is one of the top 'silver surfers' in the country.

Not only did Annie O'Brien complete an IT course at Irish Computer Services, but she has just achieved a Certificate in Local History at NUI Maynooth, where she wrote her thesis on the McClintock Estate in Drumcar, now home to St Mary's. Her achievements culminated in a presentation from Minister Fergus O'Dowd at the Google Silver Surfers awards.

'Anne's people were Connors from Drumcar, and I was blown away by her knowledge of the area and enthusiasm on the day,' said Minister O'Dowd, who presented the now Maynooth based woman with her Google award. ' Anne is a shining example to all of us that you should never stop learning.'

Anne attended the course in Maynooth with her son Sean O'Broin, who recently retired from the Courts Service.

'My grandmother was the last of the Connors family from Drumcar, and my mam is fascinated with the history surrounding the estate, so it was a natural thesis to do,' said Sean.

The estate was the seat of the second last Barony in the country and was situated in what was once a Gaeltacht area.

The estate, the stories of its landlords and tenants and its surroundings have always been dear to the heart of Anne.

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