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Lally Lawlor aged 99 from Tralee

Lally Lawlor aged 99 from Tralee

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Lally Lawlor aged 99 from Tralee

SHE has enjoyed her grandson's star rise as Nidge in the popular gangland crime series Love/Hate, but now it's Tom Vaughan-Lawlor's granny's turn in the limelight.

Kathleen 'Lally' Lawlor will feature in a new show presented by Pat Kenny for UTV Ireland that will be broadcast on New Year's Day when the new station airs.

Mrs Lawlor (99) is one of the people featured on the show who celebrate a milestone in 2015 - in her case, her 100th birthday on March 28.

Born in Wicklow in 1915, one of her earliest memories, though she was only a young girl of seven, was hearing about the death of Michael Collins in August, 1922. She also recalls when she arrived in Tralee in the 1930s, the bride of a young Dr Tom Lawlor, a native of Tralee, whose family lived in Ballingarry House.

The couple set up home in Castlegregory, where he was practising at the time.

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"She even brought up memories she hadn't shared with me before," said her son, Tom, who lives in Abbeydorney and made a cameo appearance as a priest in series five of Love/Hate .

"She could remember hearing that Michael Collins had been shot and her abiding memories of arriving in Tralee in the 1930s was the number of donkeys and carts everywhere and the smell of turf fires."

But one of her proudest claims was her part in bringing the lifeboat back to Fenit after it had been taken due to cutbacks, while working as secretary of the Harbour Board.

Now a resident of the Ocean View Nursing Home in Camp, Co Kerry, Mrs Lawlor is an avid knitter and reader and does not require glasses for her hobbies.

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