Thursday 22 February 2018

Special celebrations to mark Dolly's 100 birthday

Members of staff at Rush Nursing Home celebrating with Dolly Attley on her 100 birthday.
Members of staff at Rush Nursing Home celebrating with Dolly Attley on her 100 birthday.

Nicola Donnelly

A SPECIAL 100th birthday celebration took place recently at Rush Nursing Home for one of its residents.

Dolly Attley (nee Flynn) marked her centenarian birthday surrounded by extended family members, friends and staff of the nursing home on Friday, April 11. Well over 60 people turned out to mark the celebrations for Dolly, who was presented with plenty of flowers, presents and cakes which were baked by her great niece Ann-Marie Dunne.

Dolly chose to mark her 100th birthday with a special Mass which was celebrated by her neighbour, Fr. Des Doyle, along with Fr. Seamus Cullen and Fr. Kieran Coughlan of St. Maur's Parish in Rush.

'It was a lovely celebration for Dolly who is one of our longest residents here,' said Michelle McGee, Activities Therapist at Rush Nursing Home.

Dolly moved into the nursing home nine years ago, when it first opened its doors.

She was born in Rush, where she continued to live with her husband Bill Attley, who is now deceased.

'They moved to a farm in Swords where they worked but sadly Bill passed away a few years later,' said Dolly's first cousin Paul Flynn.

Dolly moved back to Rush where she built a house and she worked as a housekeeper for a number of people, including Doctor Frank Keane who was based in Dublin city centre.

'The secret to her long life would have to be all the walking she did over the years. She never owned a fridge so walked to the shops every day to get milk and then in the afternoons she would walk about five miles on the South Strand beach,' said Paul.

Dolly's father was tragically killed on the days leading up to her first birthday. He had gone out to purchase her a pair of shoes but his horse and cart overturned on his way home from the shop. Her mother passed away when Dolly was 12.

'Dolly's extended family presented her with the pair of satin shoes her father had purchased her all those years ago. It was a lovely, touching moment,' she said.

During her 92nd year Dolly was interviewed for Fingal Folklore cassette tapes with her topic being 'Life Begins at 92,' which are available to listen to at Rush Library.

'Dolly had a great party and really enjoyed herself surrounded by her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, friends and neighbours,' added Michelle. 'All of the nurses here are extremely fond of her and adore her.'

Joining Dolly at her 100th celebrations were her brothers Jack and Paddy, her cousins Francis Jones, Lena Murray, Paul and Patsy Flynn, Joseph Flynn, her nieces and nephews, neighbours Seans Clerkin, Kitser and Marie Carrick, Nuala Keeling, Yvonne Balfe, John Thorne, Billy Ryan and her doctor Fergus Murray.

Dolly's Godchild Mary Tuite was unable to make the celebrations but was represented by her daughter Susan.

Fingal Independent

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