Sunday 22 April 2018

Student, 91, set for second term

NUI Maynooth, where a 91-year-old is set for her second term of study
NUI Maynooth, where a 91-year-old is set for her second term of study

A 91-year-old woman who was once told by nuns that she would never amount to anything is preparing for a second term at university.

Nancy O'Broin, the oldest student at NUI Maynooth, has signed up for another course after studying alongside her son Sean.

The mother-of-three studied local history and is completing a project on the demise of the Connor Family from the Protestant village of Drumcar, Co Louth, from where her mother's family originally came.

"The nuns always said that where I was going I wouldn't need an education," she said. "But it's been one of the best experiences of my life.

"I would recommend it to anyone. You get to focus on your own areas of interest and the university and the staff are unbelievably supportive."

Mrs O'Broin took the classes as part of NUI's Adult and Community Education programme.

As a child she went the Central Model School in Marlborough Street, Dublin, where her teachers included a sister of rebel leader Thomas Ashe.

Mrs O'Broin said she intends to return to the university in the autumn to take a module on Irish place names.

Mrs O'Broin, believed to be the oldest mature student in the country, has been awarded a part-time Certificate in Local History after completing 100 hours of taught classes at NUI Maynooth.

Born in Fairview, Dublin in 1919, she now lives in Maynooth, Co Kildare. She took 14 subjects in her primary certificate and later commercial training to be a typist before working as a shorthand typist with Pearson's on North Richmond Street from 1937 until she married in 1945.

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