Fam­ily gath­ers in force for ‘Aunty’ Con­seil’s sur­prise birth­day party

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

CON­SEIL McGa­ley-Leahy was treated to a sur­prise get to­gether in The Coun­try Market on Sun­day Septem­ber 24 on a spe­cial mile­stone birth­day.

She thought she was going for a quiet meal with a few fam­ily mem­bers but un­known to her, many more were there to greet her on her ar­rival!

Her niece, Breda a founder mem­ber of Castleis­land Cam­era Club, put her pho­tog­ra­phy skills to good use on the day and pushed out the boat to col­lect and sup­ply a few from the fam­ily al­bum.

“A great evening of sto­ries and mem­o­ries en­sued – en­joyed by all es­pe­cially the birth­day girl!

Con­seil was born on Septem­ber 21, 1937. She was the only girl in the fam­ily – Frank (RIP), Seán (RIP), Mossie (RIP), Bill, Con­seil, Ger­ard, Ai­dan and De­clan.

Tommy Wat­son was en­listed to teach her to drive when her brother Bill went to Eng­land. Bill used to drive their mother Nurse Mary McGa­ley to houses to per­form her du­ties as a mid­wife and Con­seil took over the driv­ing for a brief pe­riod.

She mar­ried De­nis Leahy from Crat­loe on Septem­ber 16, 1971.

She was a long­stand­ing mem­ber of the Is­land Play­ers Com­mit­tee from the be­gin­ning and be­came a reg­u­lar fix­ture in the of­fice in the Ivy Leaf when they moved there.

Over the years she be­came an aunt to 39 nieces and neph­ews in to­tal and is now grandaunt and great grandaunt to many – too many to count!

She has al­ways been af­fec­tion­ately called ‘Aunty’ by young and old in the fam­ily but is also re­ferred to as Aunty by many of her friends and even some shop as­sis­tants around town!

Aunty has al­ways been a real dog lover and has rarely, if ever, been with­out a dog over the years. Cheeky, Ritzy, Paddy, Sam, Ben and Har­vey were so lucky to ar­rive to Tonb­wee – all treated like roy­alty!

Con­seil’s love of gar­den­ing is al­most matched by that for Kerry foot­ball. The two pas­sions tie in nicely be­cause if a match is very close or, God for­bid, Kerry are los­ing, Con­seil has to leave the tele­vi­sion and es­cape to the gar­den!

She also loves knit­ting and bingo.

Pho­to­graph: Breda McGa­ley

Con­seil blow­ing out her can­dles with the help of grand­nieces Ab­bie McGa­ley and Eimear Thomas.

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