Five gen­er­a­tions cel­e­brate spe­cial fam­ily mo­ment

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

FIVE GEN­ER­A­TIONS of women from the one fam­ily came to­gether for a fam­ily week­end in Killinick, where there was al­most 100 years of a gap be­tween the youngest and old­est.

Kitty Walsh, who cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day in March, met her great-great-grand­daugh­ter, nine week old Sofia Maria, for the first time, at what was a joy­ous Sun­day af­ter­noon get-to­gether for the fam­ily.

Born in Tip­per­ary in 1918, Kitty moved to Wex­ford in 1937/38 and mar­ried Killinick man Dan Walsh. They had eight chil­dren, of which Marie (O’Brien) was the el­dest. Dan sadly passed away in 1986.

Their old­est daugh­ter Marie trained as a nurse and went to the UK where she met and mar­ried Gal­way man Terry O’Brien in 1964. While liv­ing in Glas­gow, Marie gave birth to Ca­tri­ona in 1965, and so the fam­ily tree con­tin­ued.

Ca­tri­ona moved to Dublin in 1977 from Scot­land. She gave birth to her daugh­ter Emma Kate in 1996 and mar­ried Laois man Michael Lawlor in 2005. One year later, Emma’s brother Peter was born.

On Au­gust 24 of this year, Sofia Maria was born to Emma and her Mex­i­can part­ner Re­naldo Guz­man Doyle, to com­plete the ‘five card trick’ as the fam­ily dubbed it!

Michael Lawlor, Ca­tri­ona’s hus­band, ex­plained that the fam­ily is all scat­tered through­out Ire­land but make their way back to the home-place in Killinick reg­u­larly, though not nec­es­sar­ily all at the one time!

He added: ‘Lit­tle Sofia Maria is about nine weeks old and we said that it would be lovely to bring her down to Kitty so it was or­gan­ised for a few weeks. Kitty was de­lighted; she got her hair done on Sun­day morn­ing and all for the oc­ca­sion!’

The fam­ily en­joyed an af­ter­noon of rem­i­nisc­ing by the fire in the home place.

Michael re­marked: ‘Get­ting four gen­er­a­tions to­gether is one thing but five is some­thing else. It was a very spe­cial mo­ment for us all and one that we will cher­ish.’

Marie O’Brien, Kitty Walsh, hold­ing baby Sofia Maria, Ca­tri­ona Lawlor, and Emma Kate Guz­man Doyle.

Baby Sofia Maria grips the hand of her great­great-grand­mother Kitty Walsh.

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