A garden greeting…joint 85th birthday celebration!

Ballygar couple Michael and Marie Kelly, both of whom are celebrating their 85th birthday in May, received a nice surprise last week! Michael and Marie’s grandchildren arranged a surprise joint 85th birthday celebration, with the help of their parents.

Observing social distancing and related guidelines, the children made a lovely greeting display which they erected in their grandparents’ garden. Family members then gathered for a brief outdoor celebration, reflecting the Covid-19 climate.

Marie, a native of Kilcock, Co. Kildare, and Michael, a native of Ballygar, were both born in May 1935. They met in New York, and married there in 1964. The couple returned to Ireland in 1967. They settled in Ballygar, where they raised five children.

Their son, Martin, told the Roscommon People: “Last week’s small gathering was lovely. This time last year our parents  hosted a gathering with relatives, friends and neighbours, over 70 people in all. This year, Covid has changed everything for now. It was nice that we were able to acknowledge the fact that they are both celebrating their 85th”.

 Martin said that both their parents have a wonderful outlook on life and are remaining positive, despite the current pandemic.

“Dad longs for the day when sport returns and Mom is looking forward to her favourite restaurant reopening, when she can share a meal and a bottle of wine with her family”.

Martin concluded: “We as a family are very proud of Mom and Dad. They want to wish all their relatives, neighbours and friends well, and they look forward to seeing them all soon”.