Sunday 17 December 2017

Floods can't keep Evelyn (97) from Mass

Evelyn on the way to Mass with her daughter-in-law Bernie Healy Kennedy and granddaughter Sara Kennedy. Photo: APX
Evelyn on the way to Mass with her daughter-in-law Bernie Healy Kennedy and granddaughter Sara Kennedy. Photo: APX
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Even floods of near biblical proportions couldn't stop one elderly resident from attending Mass.

Offaly native Evelyn Kennedy (97) wasn't going to be deterred by the deluge which has seen her family marooned for the past month.

The great-grandmother, who has been living with her son in Banagher since the flooding began in December, insisted on attending Mass despite being surrounded on all sides by water.

Her daughter Maura Flannery explained: "She is 97, 98 in March, and she decided she was going to Mass on Sunday. I said, look it, if she wants to go, let her go."

So the family mounted a chair on the tractor's transport box and Evelyn was wrapped up in warm clothes for the quarter-mile journey.

Irish Independent

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