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Girl’s letter wins trip to Knock for cancer-suffering grandmother

Aisling Crossan with her Nana Margaret at Knock House Hotel.
Aisling Crossan with her Nana Margaret at Knock House Hotel.

Young girl wins trip to Knock for cancer-suffering grandmother

Michael Commins

IT was the letter that touched the hearts of the judges and won a trip for a young Scottish girl and her grandmother to Knock last weekend. Aisling Crossan emerged winner in the competition organised by the Scottish Catholic Observer. The newspaper sought entries from young people asking them to nominate a grandparent and why they should be chosen to win the big prize of a trip to the Grandparents Pilgrimage weekend at Knock Shrine.
Aisling (12) was thrilled when the phone call came saying she had the winning entry.
“I was delighted for my Nana and there was great excitement in the house. I was so excited when I got the news that I could hardly sleep that night. I always wanted to go to Ireland. I love writing letters and reading books and also dance classes and opera. I have read two since I came to Knock! The Shrine is beautiful too and we are having a great time,” said Aisling.
Aisling, accompanied by her Nana, Margaret, who has had cancer treatment in 1988, 2003 and again this year, and her sister Patricia arrived on the Flybe Edinburgh/Knock service last Thursday. Their prize also included five nights dinner, bed and breakfast at Knock House Hotel. They are due to return to Scotland today (Tuesday).
“The welcome we have received is just amazing,” said Margaret. “I was here once before with the St Patrick’s Women’s Guild. I just love the place. Aisling is a wonderful girl and we are all so proud of her. She is starting in first year at St Aidan’s High School in Wishaw in Lanarkshire this week. Her friends were all excited for her when they heard she had won the competition in the Catholic Observer.
“Aisling and Patricia and myself want to say a very special thanks to Brian Crowley, the manager at Knock House Hotel, and all the staff for the wonderful welcome and hospitality they have extended to us. It is amazing how everyone has been so kind to us. We have enjoyed every minute of the trip to Knock and it was brilliant being part of the Grandparents Day at Knock Shrine,” said Margaret.
Brian Crowley said they were delighted to host their Scottish guests. “The Scottish newspaper had a big response to their competition. Aisling proved a worthy winner. Her letter is very special. Aisling and Margaret and Patricia are having a lovely time here in Knock. We are all thrilled for them and we know they will return to Lanarkshire with the fondest of memories of their time in Knock and Mayo.”