Friday 24 January 2020

Mary (86) and kind Garda who featured in heartwarming photo that went viral are reunited - on Joe Duffy's Liveline

'Everybody's stopping me in the street since' - says Mary

Mary Dent and Garda reserve member Paul Barnwell
Mary Dent and Garda reserve member Paul Barnwell
The kind Garda was pictured helping an older lady through the crowds at Dublin's Aviva Stadium

Zainab Boladale

An elderly woman and Garda who featured in a heartwarming photo that went viral online were reunited - on RTE's Liveline.

Mary Dent, from Ringsend, Dublin, was reunited with the kind Garda Reserve member and full-time farmer Paul Barnwell on RTÉ’s Liveline this afternoon.

The duo were snapped as Paul assisted Mary (86) with her shopping through the crowds at a recent Robbie Williams concert.

The photograph of the pair walking together was shared thousands of times online.

Mary spoke to Joe Duffy today and described the reaction she’s been receiving since the photograph.

"Everybody's stopping me in the street," she told the RTE Radio One show.

She explained how she had been out enjoying her day on the "sunny afternoon" when she met Paul.

Mary had spent her day in Dun Laoghaire, made a stop in Dealz for a bit of shopping and had also stopped in Blackrock where she treated herself to an ice cream.

"I'm always doing something Joe," she said, "my family even say they have to make an appointment to see me."

Paul came on air and said he had been delighted to spend time in Mary's company.

"She was friendly," he said, "she told me about her hip replacement and I told her about my mother who isn't well at the moment."

Mary, who has seven sons and four daughters, said that she even received  "a phone call from my son in San Francisco" when he saw the news about it.

Both Fota Island Resort in Cork and Seafield Hotel in Gorey, Co Wexford contacted the show to offer hotel stays as a treat, to the duo's delight.

Later the official Twitter account for Liveline tweeted:

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