Pictures: Family cavalcade wishes Noreen a happy 90th

Pictures: Family cavalcade wishes Noreen a happy 90th

Noreen Feehely, Magazine Road, who celebrated her 90th birthday waving to her children, grand children and great grandchildren during a drive past celebration yesterday.

DESPITE the cancellation of events across the country, one family came together in Wilton yesterday to give Noreen Feehely a birthday surprise with a twist.

The Feehely family originally planned a big birthday bash of 140 people — including 26 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren — to celebrate her 90th birthday.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the party had to be cancelled, but the family were determined to give Noreen the celebration she deserved.

Noreen Feehely , Magazine Road who celebrated her 90th birthday with her children from left, Joan, Bill, Frank ,Pat, Tony and Charlie yesterday.
Noreen Feehely , Magazine Road who celebrated her 90th birthday with her children from left, Joan, Bill, Frank ,Pat, Tony and Charlie yesterday.

“She’s a special person, she’s very much involved with all of her family,” said Noreen’s son, Charlie Feehely.

“She knows every ache of every grandchild and great-grandchild, and she’s there for every happy moment with them.”

Noreen thought she was just having a bite to eat at her son’s house yesterday.

However, after her dinner, she was brought outside to be greeted by a parade of almost 20 cars full of family and friends.

Granddaughter Clodagh Feehely described Noreen as the “heart of the family”.

She said it was very important that her grandmother got a chance to celebrate with her nearest and dearest. Born in Blackpool in 1930, Noreen had seven children with Paddy Feehely, who she married in 1956.

According to her son Charlie, the love of being around family is something that she has passed down to the younger generations - along with her love for a good party.

“There was seven children, so nine of us in the household and it was always about family," he said. "She’s family first, family second and family third. That’s the best way to describe her.

“She’s a party woman. She loves socializing, loves being up and about. She's not a woman for sitting down on her seat and putting up her feet and getting old. She’s active all the time." 

Since Covid-19 restrictions were put in place across Ireland, Noreen Feehely has been cocooning and has missed her regular family visit and being “always on the go”.

Despite cancelled plants and current restrictions, Noreen Feehely’s family ensured her 90th birthday was marked with the special surprise and they are hoping that they will eventually be able to give her the birthday bash they had hoped for.

“It means an awful lot… it would have been a really nice thing to have a full celebration, but it’s still a celebration and we can do this for her under the circumstances,” said Charlie Feehely.

“Maybe next year we can all get together and have a meal- when everything goes back to normal.”

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