Birth­day girl Maura gets a very spe­cial visit on her 100th

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

100-YEAR-OLD birth­day girl Maura Doyle had some sur­prise guests on her big day – mem­bers of the De­fence Forces who had helped to clear her Round­wood home from snow the day be­fore.

Round­wood was one of the worst hit parts of the coun­try with Storm Emma and the Beast from the East com­bin­ing to leave the area with snow drifts over ten feet high in places. Con­di­tions be­came so ex­treme that mem­bers of the De­fence Forces were sent out to the vil­lage to help with the clean-up.

Mem­bers of the 7 th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion were clear­ing out snow from Maura’s drive­way on Tues­day when they de­cided to pop in and have a word with her. Hav­ing learnt that her 100th birth­day was tak­ing place the fol­low­ing day, they took ex­tra care to clear all her gar­den and drive­way so there was some­where for vis­i­tors to park while pass­ing on their con­grat­u­la­tions.

How­ever, on Wed­nes­day, Maura had a few sur­prise call­ers to her door. LT Richard O’Ha­gan, Cpl Wayne Casey, Pte Mick McCabe, Pte Gareth Cal­laghan and Pte Paul Keane were all present and cor­rect to pass on their birth­day greet­ings.

Her daugh­ter, Mau­reen ex­plained: ‘It com­pletely made mum’s day. They were around her home on Tues­day dig­ging out the front area of the house.

‘She men­tioned to them that her birth­day was the fol­low­ing day but she never ex­pected them to call back around. She got a real sur­prise but was re­ally de­lighted.

‘They were so kind and we would just like to thank them so much. They had a cake and a card for her and stayed for a cup of tea and a chat. They were ab­so­lutely won­der­ful and so good,’ said Mau­reen.

The fol­low­ing day (Thurs- day), Maura re­ceived a cheque and a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter from Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins.

Maura is orig­i­nally from O’Brien’s Bridge in Co Clare and moved with her fam­ily to Round­wood at a young age. She spent time as a nurse over in Eng­land ad was also a teacher at the old Anna Carter School in Round­wood.

She was mar­ried to the late Jay Doyle.

Maura Doyle cel­e­brates her 100th birth­day with mem­bers of the De­fence Forces.

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