Sr. Kevin reached the age of 100 on the 3rd April 2015. As it was Good Friday this year - Sr. Kevin says that she was born during Holy Week - the cycle came around again! We deferred the family celebration until 11th April, Saturday of Easter Week.
His Grace, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, kindly visited us on Christmas Day and it came up in conversation about the birthday - His Grace said: "Remind me when it comes nearer" which we duly did.
To our pleasant surprise, His Grace offered to come on the 11th to celebrate the Mass - as it was Easter Week and our morning Mass was at 9 am the regular congregation must have got an 'eye-opener' to realize what was happening.
The Chapel was full - and His Grace mentioned Kathleen, Sr. Kevin's sister - who was beautifully decked out in a light-blue suit, being only 94 she looked about 50! The sun obligingly shone - next day there was heavy rain here at that time of the morning.
The Archbishop had another appointment in the late morning and it was quite funny at the end of Mass after the recessional hymn, he said: "Surely there must be someone with a camera, he would like a 'photo with the Centenarian and in he came and stood beside her!
Sr. Kevin's nephew, Charles, who had taken some 'photos during Mass and has a very good camera, seized the opportunity and did the needful, also getting one of His Grace with Kathleen and Sr. Kevin, - the only 2 member of the family (of eight) who are still with us. It was arranged for the family to go to a hotel later in the morning so there was a lively singsong and greeting in the parlour until 11 a.m. Then we had the rest of the day to ourselves.
Sr. Kevin entered into everything and read out the specially composed birthday song (without any glasses) at recreation that evening!