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  • Northside West

Big birthday bash for Lily

Friday, 11th August, 2017 7:59am
Big birthday bash for Lily

Lily pictured during her 100th birthday celebrations.

Big birthday bash for Lily

Lily pictured during her 100th birthday celebrations.

A JOYFUL celebration was held in St Monica’s Nursing Home, Belvedere Place Dublin 1, last month in honour of the 100th birthday of one of the residents.

Lily O’ Connell was born in Virginia, Co Cavan, on July 5, 1917, and was one of seven children. In 1938 she came to Dublin and has lived in different parts of the city since then. Lily came to St Monica’s 18 months ago and settled in very well.

The bright, warm, welcoming atmosphere of the home made settling in easy for someone of Lily’s friendly nature, and she was delighted to be able to indulge her love of sport, especially Gaelic football, thanks to a large TV screen in the day room, as well as a smaller one in her room.

Lily is a very happy and contented person and when asked to what she attributes her long life, she replied that it is probably due to her life of prayer and trust in God.

The highlight of her birthday celebration was a mass in the lovely chapel of St Monica’s, during which she joined in the singing.

In the afternoon the celebration continued in the form of a garden party during which Lily was presented with the customary cheque and letter from the President Michael D Higgins.

Both the residents and staff added their congratulations. Well done Lily!

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