Birthday boy Gerry hits the big 9-0
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.