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Grandparents' love is truly a gift for life

Roslyn Dee


 

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'If ever we doubted the importance of the grandparent/grandchild relationship, Covid-19 has certainly shown us the reality.' Stock photo

'If ever we doubted the importance of the grandparent/grandchild relationship, Covid-19 has certainly shown us the reality.' Stock photo

'If ever we doubted the importance of the grandparent/grandchild relationship, Covid-19 has certainly shown us the reality.' Stock photo

Out of the blue I witnessed something truly special on Monday. Able at last to drive that bit further from my Greystones home, I jumped into my car that morning and took off down the M11.

Newtownmountkennedy, Newcastle, Ashford - all the turn-offs flashed past before I eventually exited at Rathnew. From there I headed inland, driving through Glenealy (where I once lived) and on out along the road to Rathdrum before turning left towards Deputy's Pass and then, a few minutes later, driving through the entrance gate and into the beautiful botanical gardens of Kilmacurragh.

A place so dear to my heart that I would normally visit every week or so, I was delighted to be back after a three-month hiatus, my joy only slightly diminished on realising that, this year, I had missed the early-May glory of Kilmacurragh's gigantic and abundant rhododendrons.