Kerry

| 13.3°C Dublin

Kerry native Mary takes trip down memory lane with trip to see ‘Seven Drunken Nights’ in the UK

Close

Tralee's Mary Western pictured with a member of staff from Right at Home North Somerset at the production of 'Seven Drunken Nights' at The Playhouse in Western-Super-Mare.

Tralee's Mary Western pictured with a member of staff from Right at Home North Somerset at the production of 'Seven Drunken Nights' at The Playhouse in Western-Super-Mare.

Mary Western, a ninety-year-old ex-carer originally from Tralee but who is now living now living in Somerset, England, was given a chance to revisit her roots after carers at Right at Home North Somerset came together to organise a trip to see the hit West End show ‘Seven Drunken Nights’.

Mary Western, a ninety-year-old ex-carer originally from Tralee but who is now living now living in Somerset, England, was given a chance to revisit her roots after carers at Right at Home North Somerset came together to organise a trip to see the hit West End show ‘Seven Drunken Nights’.

Seven Drunken Nights tells the story of legendary Irish folk band, The Dubliners.

Seven Drunken Nights tells the story of legendary Irish folk band, The Dubliners.

/

Tralee's Mary Western pictured with a member of staff from Right at Home North Somerset at the production of 'Seven Drunken Nights' at The Playhouse in Western-Super-Mare.

kerryman

A 90-year-old Tralee native, Mary Western, was treated to a nostalgic trip back in time to her youth last week when she was brought by carers from the Right at Home facility in North Somerset to see the production of ‘Seven Drunken Nights’, a play which tells the story of legendary Irish folk band, The Dubliners.

Mary, like many of us is a huge fan of everything Dubliners and would have grown up dancing to the band’s iconic tunes with family as a child in Tralee and when she moved to Clevedon, in England in 1958, she would often listen to The Dubliners’ music to remind her of home.

The ‘Seven Drunken Nights’ show was on tour around the UK when it stopped at The Playhouse in Western-Super-Mare in North Somerset for one night only and as the theatre is an important pillar of the community, the management generously extended an invitation for Mary to join them as a VIP guest.

The evening was arranged as part of Right at Home UK’s tin-full of wishes campaign, which encourages CareGivers to nominate homecare Clients who deserve to have a special wish granted.

This is Kerry Newsletter

The top stories from the Kingdom in news and sport, direct to your inbox every week

This field is required

Mary was nominated by her CareGiver at Right at Home North Somerset, who was inspired by Mary’s story of having moved from Ireland to England to take on a role of a carer in a residential care home - where she spent the remainder of her working life dedicated to improving the lives of others.

And enjoy it she most certainly did as evidenced by her comments after the show last week.

"The Dubliners were a huge part of my life. I remember dancing in the kitchen with my four siblings to their music as a younger girl in Tralee, and when I moved to England, their music reminded me of home. I love living in Somerset, its where I married my late husband, who I met while I was working as a carer, and who I raised my four children with – but there’s no place like home!” said Mary. 

“I can’t thank Right at Home enough for giving me the opportunity to revisit my roots," she continued.

Mark Thompson, the General Manager at The Playhouse, said he and everyone involved with the theatre were thrilled to have Mary along on the night and to have played a small part in helping transport her back to special memories from her youth.

“We were delighted to be able to assist in making Mary’s wish come true through the Tin Full of Wishes campaign. Music and theatre can be incredibly powerful in taking us back to special times in our lives and I am really pleased that Mary could enjoy such a special performance that meant so much to her,” he said.

Finally, Grant Attwood, the Managing Director of Right at Home North Somerset said that Mary is a hugely popular figure at the centre and that they there delighted to have been a part of the night out for her.

“Each member of the team that regularly visits Mary loves spending time with her, and hearing her speak so passionately about her Irish heritage, so I am very proud that we could make her dream a reality,” he said.


Privacy