Saturday 27 December 2014

A Granny's Heart: Mary Black on cloud nine after becoming a grandmother

Published 20/12/2012 | 05:00

Mary Black and husband Joe OReilly
Mary Black and husband Joe OReilly with children – Roisin, Danny and new dad Conor O'Reilly
Mary Black with son Danny lead singer of the Coronas

SINGER Mary Black is spending her first Christmas as a granny, after the birth of first grandchild Bonnie.

The singer's oldest son, Connor (31), a surveyor with Dublin City Council, and his partner, Jade (24), welcomed Bonnie O'Reilly into the world eight weeks ago.

Mary's husband and manager, Joe O' Reilly, told the Irish Independent how the couple enjoyed "the babysitting side of things" and said Mary was "overjoyed" at finally becoming a granny.

"The whole family is ecstatic, it's just such great news and we're all on cloud nine," he said.

"She's perfectly happy and healthy so it's all good. It hasn't changed me and Mary much.

"It's a lovely thing to come into our lives. You don't realise what impact it will have until it happens."

Mary has two other grown-up children – Danny, the lead singer with rock band The Coronas, and Roisin, who recently finished a degree in music at UCD and is planning to release an album of original music next year.

Joe continued: "Connor and Jade live five minutes from us, which is handy. They come over and visit and vice versa."

Over a career spanning a quarter of a century, Mary has recorded 11 platinum-selling albums.

She recently released a new collection, 'Stories From The Steeples', her first studio album in six years.

Irish Independent

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