Sunday 21 January 2018

Anna Nolan: 'What happened when I asked my family to film a 'Vote Yes' video

Anna Nolan
Anna Nolan

Anna Nolan

I had the pleasure of spending lots of time with my family over the past week.

There was a confirmation, where we all gathered for my nephew Callum's special day in the Court Yard in Leixlip. We ate yummy food, drank lots of Diet Coke and scoffed a delicious cake.

The kids ran in circles with all the sugar and we nattered non-stop (also from the sugar) until it was time to go.

Then on Friday night myself and some of my sisters went to see another nephew of mine, Cameron, play with his band Havar in the Academy on Middle Abbey Street. (They are bloody good by the way).

We were the aunties, and mother, with attitude, trying not to look twice everyone else's age, yet not afraid to wolf whistle at the poor lad.

But my favourite gathering was on Thursday. My mother, my sisters Mary, Jane, Rachel and Eleanor and my nephew Cameron all arrived at Mary's house in Rathfarnham at 6pm.

Everyone looked fabulous. Mam was wearing a beautiful turquoise top and her hair looked amazing.

My sisters had rushed from work and home, across rush hour traffic, to be there on time. They were all a little nervous, but they wanted to be there.

You see, I offered my family up. I put them forward, suggested they would be willing participants. I pitched them for something.

Although I was hoping they might say yes, I was so moved and impressed that they gathered with such enthusiasm and happiness.

I offered my family to be filmed in a video for the 'Yes Equality' campaign.

The campaign wanted a large family sitting around a dinner table and for the parent (my mother) to talk about why equality was important to them.

My sisters brought photos of their weddings. My mother brought photos of us all as children.

As we sat down, we didn't quite know what would be said.

It turns out that my mother was the star of the video. As Joanne McGrath, the director, asked her some questions, she spoke such kind, wise and witty words.

She laughed about how, as children, we would all slag her for favouring Kevin, the only boy out of seven children. But then she went on to say that we were all equal as children and that we are all equal now.

Her wish, if I so wanted it, would be for me to have the opportunity to get married, like my other siblings.

I cannot tell you how proud, moved and happy I was that my family turned up for this shoot. To have people close to you support who you truly are is incredibly special.

I would like to thank every one of them for saying, out and proud, a big emphatic 'Yes' to marriage equality.

The video should be up soon. I will post it on my Facebook and Twitter page so you can all see my mother and family be simply inspiring.



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