Orla Martin dances the night away for birth­day

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

A for­mer Share a Dream Foun­da­tion ‘Chil­dren of Courage’ re­cip­i­ent had a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion with fam­ily and friends in the Up­ton Court Ho­tel.

Orla Martin from Bal­ly­canew, who cel­e­brated her 21st birth­day, was born with Down Syn­drome and has lived with a very se­ri­ous heart con­di­tion all her life.

‘We did not think she would live this long,’ said Orla’s mother Iris Martin, who is orig­i­nally from Dublin. ‘It was more a cel­e­bra­tion of her life.’

The evening kicked off with a de­li­cious spread by the Up­ton Court Ho­tel, topped off with a spe­cially made cake bought for Orla by her sis­ter Laura Blanch­field.

The night did not stop there as fam­ily and friends, who trav­elled from far and wide to at­tend Orla’s party, danced the night away to mu­sic by Ed­die and Joan Davitt.

Orla had the time of her life with mother Iris, step fa­ther Mick Mur­phy, grand­mother Kay Myles, sis­ter Laura, nieces Molly and Tara, neph­ews Eoin and Glen, friends and her work col­leagues from Bal­ly­money House.

‘I would like to give an over­all thank you to those who at­tended and for all of the beau­ti­ful gifts,’ added Iris.

The Martin fam­ily hail from Dublin but moved to Bal­ly­canew 18 years ago. Orla at­tended St Pa­trick’s Spe­cial School in En­nis­cor­thy and is cur­rently in Bal­ly­money House work­shop.

When she was 11 years old, Orla was pre­sented with the Share a Dream Foun­da­tion ‘Chil­dren of Courage’ award. The cer­e­mony hon­ours chil­dren who have showed tremen­dous courage in fight­ing ill­ness and fail­ing to al­low sick­ness to in­fringe on their lives.

Orla Mar­tins is pic­tured with fam­ily and friends at her 21st birth­day party in the Up­ton Court Ho­tel.

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