Birth­day boy Gerry hits the big 9-0

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

THOMAS ‘Gerry’ O’Reilly was joined by fam­ily and close friends as he shared mem­o­ries from the past at his 90th birth­day at The Mariner in Wick­low town.

Gerry was born on Septem­ber 22, 1928, in Brook Cot­tage in Rathnew, now known as Jame­son’s Ti­nakilly Sawmill. He was the son of Bess and Michael O’Reilly and was the el­dest of six chil­dren.

In 1955, he mar­ried the love of his life, Ginny O’Brien of Strand Street, the Mur­rough, Wick­low town, and in 1962 they cel­e­brated the birth of their daugh­ter Mary. They went on to have Jean, Geral­dine and son Pat, and fam­ily al­ways re­mained the most im­por­tant thing to Gerry.

The fam­ily home is on Glen­view Road in Wick­low town, where Gerry has now lived for over 57 years.

Gerry was al­ways hard work­ing, car­ry­ing out his work in Ter­rapin, Wick­low Ur­ban Coun­cil and Sham­rock Fer­tilis­ers.

To date, Gerry has 15 grand chil­dren and seven great grand­chil­dren with one more due next year.

Although he moved to Wick­low many years ago, Gerry has al­ways been a very proud Rathnew man. He reg­u­larly sup­ports the Red and Green, es­pe­cially when his three grand­sons Pa­trick, Michael and Peter are play­ing in the vil­lage colours. He also showed great sup­port for his grand­daugh­ter Rachel who played for Rathnew Soc­cer Club. Ev­ery­one had a thor­oughly en­joy­able night in The Mariner, in­clud­ing fam­ily who came all the way from the USA and Coven­try.

Gerry with his daugh­ter Jean and his grand­sons Michael, Peter and Pa­trick.

ABOVE: Grand­son Pa­trick pre­sent­ing the birth­day cake to Gerry. RIGHT: Gerry with three of his grand­daugh­ters Gina, Lisa and Rachel.

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