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Baby Niamh meets her Irish great-grannies – all of them

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Great Grannies Annie Kerrigan, Glanagimla, Leenane aged 96; Eileen Kelly, Carraholly, Westport, aged 92; Gretta Tiernan, Doughmakone, Louisburgh, aged 93 and Annie Laffey, Lettererin, Renvyle aged 88 pictured with Niamh Anne Kerrigan, 11 months old, from Melbourne, Australia, daughter of Majella Tiernan, Doughmakone, Louisburgh and Enda Kerrigan, Glanagimla, Leenane who currently live in Melbourne.?Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Four great-grannies welcome Niamh from Australia

Michael Commins

WHEN one year old Niamh Anne Kerrigan arrived home from Melbourne, Australia with her mother Majella, a very special welcome lay in store in Doughmakone, Louisburgh. There to see her for the first time were not only her four grandparents but, amazingly, her four great-grandmothers, who between them share 369 years on this planet.
Majella, who is daughter of John and Sheila Tiernan from Doughmakone, is married to Enda Kerrigan, son of Mickey and Rita Kerrigan from Leenane. They moved to Melbourne in November 2008.
“Niamh Anne was born last year so this is her first trip home to Ireland. We had her decked out in a combined Mayo and Galway jersey which has gone down very well with the relations in both counties! The Anne part of her name is taken directly from two of her great-grannies. She also shares her birthday with her great- granny Gretta Tiernan. Niamh and I are home for five weeks and will be returning to Australia at the end of the month.
“Niamh loves the beach at Doughmakone and has also spent a day on the beach on Clare Island. She is busy visiting her many relations and friends in Louisburgh and Leenane and has made herself quite at home in both her grandparents houses,” says Majella.
For grandparents John and Sheila Tiernan in Doughmakone and Mickey and Rita Kerrigan in Leenane, it has been a special time to see their new granddaughter.
But it has been an exceptional delight for her four great-grannies to see little Niamh and share in this momentous occasion. Annie Kerrigan is 96 and lives in Leenane, Eileen Kelly is 92 years and resides in Carraholly, Westport, and Gretta Tiernan from Doughmakone is 93. Annie Laffey lives in Renvyle and, at 88, is the ‘baby’ of the great-grannies!