Thursday 19 April 2018

Award for gran who did Junior Cert at age of 92

Grandparent of the Year Moya Connelly (94) with her award. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Grandparent of the Year Moya Connelly (94) with her award. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

'Inspirational' Moya Connelly, who completed her Junior Cert aged 92, has picked up the award for Grandparent of the Year.

Ms Connelly, now 94, was presented with the Specsavers-sponsored prize in recognition of her "lust for life".

The retired nurse returned to education six years ago for an IT course so that she could email her brother in Brazil and Skype her grandchildren. She later sat Junior Cert exams in history and English in Coláiste Éanna in Cabra.

She is also a keen artist, continuing to take art classes and making her own Christmas cards.

She was nominated by her granddaughter Hannah, one of five grandchildren; the entry described Hannah's grandmother as "inspirational".

Moya said that she just wanted to keep her mind active.

"My grandchildren have phones and iPads and everything, and I thought I should try to keep up with them," she said. "I'd really like to say thanks to everyone at Cabra Community College. If it weren't for them I never would have done the exams."

Moya won a trophy, a weekend away in Ireland and a Specsavers voucher.

The award was launched by Specsavers in association with Third Age. The other regional finalists were Oliver Ryan from Moycullen, Galway, Margaret McConnell from Letterkenny and Betty Crosbie from Killarney (Munster).

Irish Independent

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