Dublin woman Ada Gibson, who now lives in Tralee, had a lovely celebration for her 90th birthday last weekend when her family treated her to a meal in the Grand Hotel.
Ada was born in Dublin on 12 April 1928, the youngest of ten children. She was married to the late Tommy and the couple had five children - Anne, twins Hazel and Adrienne, Tommy and Lar. Longevity is part of Ada’s heritage, she is the youngest of the siblings and has just one surviving brother who is 92 years old. Most of her family lived into their 100th year.
Tom Horgan celebrated his 80th birthday at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel last Saturday and as he stood at the door of the hotel with its stunning views of the Slieve Mish mountains and Tralee Bay, he was overlooking the family farm where he grew up in Knockanish, Ballyroe and it brought memories flooding back to him.
Tom is married to Waterville woman Mary McCarthy and they live in the South Kerry village where they met many moons ago when Tom was stationed in the Met Station in Cahersiveen. At the time, Mary, who was then McCarthy, was a trainee pharmacist and both her parents, Sean and Nance, taught in the local national school. Tom was attached to the Met Services all his life and after a short stint in Claremorris, he worked in the Cahersiveen station from 1958 until he took early retirement in 1988. Tom and Mary then owned and ran Waterville Caravan and Camping Park from 1977 until it was sold in 2000 and it became a holiday home development.