On The Buses: What life is like married to the air force

On The Buses: What life is like married to the air force
Marie and Sophie Delea from Fairhill. Picture Dan Linehan

The 203 from the city to Farranree this week was full of friendly faces who were mad to chat.

People reminisced about the summer holidays; mums were preparing for back to school, one man was celebrating Liverpool FC’s recent win and we discovered what it’s like being married to an American Air Force officer.

Travelling the world

Diana Da Silva lives in the UK and is home in Cork for 10-days. She has travelled much of the world with her husband, an American Air Force officer.

Married 20-years, the pair and their son have lived in places like Spain and Las Vegas.

“It’s very exciting because you travel the world, but it’s challenging because if you have children they’re unsettled all the time because you’re moving every two or three years.

“We lived in Spain for a few years and then I went to the States for eight-years - I was living in Alabama and Las Vegas for about four years.

Diane Da Silva, Farranree. Picture Dan Linehan
Diane Da Silva, Farranree. Picture Dan Linehan

“When you’re living there you’d only go to the strip when you'd visitors, you wouldn't be down there every night yourself unless there was a good show and I loved the shows!

“It was an exciting place to live but, it’s not real life, really.

“Off the strip, there’s a lot of poverty and it’s a different life. We lived on the air force base there which isn't far from the strip - it’s just like a mini America really, with all the American shops and some of them have American schools.”

Diana’s son went to school in Las Vegas and when living in Spain he studied at a Spanish school.

“My husband could speak Spanish and I sent my son to a Spanish school so the two of them could speak it; not me, I couldn’t but I was a great mimer!”

Her husband is retired and Diana manages a charity shop called Age UK. She and her family live in a village outside of Oxford.

“It's nice to settle down after all the years - to get your own house, have your own things, plant your own plants and not have to move every few years.

"I love Cork; if I had my choice I’d live here.

“I’m very lucky because I have all my friends here. My social life really is in Cork, I come home to party with all my old friends.”

Liverpool mad

Having spent some time in Northern Ireland last week, John Turner made it home to Cork just in time to see Liverpool beat Arsenal in a four-nil victory.

“They’re the best team around!

John Turner, Fairhill. Picture Dan Linehan
John Turner, Fairhill. Picture Dan Linehan

“I’d go to Liverpool about four or five times a year to see them - I love it over there, the atmosphere and the Liverpool people are lovely.

“I’ve been to Germany, Athens and Wembley seven times to see them.

“The best one was in Germany when they won the UEFA Cup in 2001.”

John moved to Cork 38-years ago. A fitter by trade, he was sent to Whitegate from Dublin for work; he’s become a staunch Cork City supporter.

“I love it down here, the people are nice.

“I met a Cork woman and I have two lovely sons and three grandchildren, two of them are foxy, and all, they’re all in Cork East.

“The two boys are Liverpool fans; one was a Man United man, but I fixed that!

“I said: “You can’t go to any games with me unless it’s Liverpool - it cost me thousands taking him to every game.”

Back to school

Sophie, 3 says riding the bus with her granny Marie Delea is one of her favourite things to do. The pair had been in town buying a school bag for Sophie who starts pre-school today.

While Sophie’s excited, her nana had a lump in her throat just thinking about her granddaughter starting school.

“I mind her three days a week and we go everywhere - she loves spins on the buses, she goes shopping with me, we go to the playground and we go out to the fairy park in Ballincollig. “I will miss her.”

The 203 from the city to Farranree this week was full of friendly faces who were mad to chat.

People reminisced about the summer holidays; mums were preparing for back to school, one man was celebrating Liverpool FC’s recent win and we discovered what it’s like being married to an American Air Force officer.

Trip to Fota

Ready for the year ahead in senior infants, six-year-old Lauren O’Gorman had a great summer.

Lorraine and Lauren Gorman, Geaneys Boreen, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Lorraine and Lauren Gorman, Geaneys Boreen, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

A trip to Fota was one of her most memorable days out.

“We saw baby cheetahs and giraffes and we saw monkeys with beards. I saw seals too,” she said.

Her mum, Lorraine, said Lauren was excited to see her friends when she went back to school.

"I’m looking forward to getting my routine back again - getting the house done without the children, going for your walk - oh, it’s Heaven.”

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