Marquee celebration for Margaret's 90th
'THE best day of my life.'
That is what Margaret O'Connor told party goers who helped her celebrate her 90th birthday at Boarmona in Ballindaggin.
The nonagenarian was joined at home by family, neighbours and friends, with a marquee erected in the garden for the occasion.
The birthday bash was a great excuse for a rare get-together for her seven surviving children.
Daughters Mary (Boarmona), Anne (Marshalstown) and Pauline (Rathnure) all live close at hand.
However, when son Eamonn left Ireland for the United States in 1964, he set a trend which was followed in due course by his brothers Martin, Denis junior and Jimmy. As the 90 landmark approached, 15 members of the clan booked to fly back to Ireland from Chicago to be with Margaret. The celebrations began with Mass celebrated by Ballindaggin parish priest Father John Sinnott.
Then a buffet dinner was served, with Margaret's brother Ber and sister Kathy among those enjoying the food. The meal was followed by a stirring performance from a 13 strong céilí band who rattled through the waltzes, quicksteps and sets.
The band was joined for a while by Martin on accordion, following in the musical tradition of his late father Denis who died in 1991.
The dancing was followed by a sing-song, with the 90 year old remaining merrily at the heart of the action until she finally adjourned to bed around 3 a.m.