THE OLDEST female DJ in Limerick is in the running to bag the title of Limerick Granny of the year.
Ennis Road resident Mary Gordon has been nominated for the second annual contest by her online radio station, Irish Country Music Radio.
The 59 year-old grandmother of one will be singing ‘Limerick by my side’, which was written by station manager Pat Garrett Butler, in the contest this Friday, May 20.
“I’m not it in for the winning, I’m in it now for the craic, and raising money for a great cause.
“I lost my husband suddenly six years ago and find it hard to meet people my own age. If the grannies become friends down the road, that would be great. It’s all about helping my own social scene,” she said.
Originally from outside Nenagh in Tipperary, she has lived in Limerick since 1989.
But she is not expecting to wow the crowd with her voice on the night. “I’m a purely amateur singer, maybe three out of 10 on a good day,” she joked.
It was previously won by Mary O’Brien from Croom in 2009, and was launched again this year after a lapse in 2010.
Seven grandmothers from all across Limerick have been nominated by family, friends, and colleagues for the competition, which takes place in Patrick Punch’s hotel.
They are: Christine Hennigar, Theresa Hayes, Tina O’Gorman, Ita Lyons, Eunice Hale, Catherine White, and Mary Gordon.
Catherine White from Meelick, who is battled with MS for the past 11 years and works voluntarily in her parish, said it has been a great experience so far.
“It has been absolutely brilliant. My daughter put me forward. I would love to win, especially for her,” she enthused.
The 48 year-old mother of four daughters, and two grand-children, said she is vice free, apart from her love of playing cards several nights a week.
The ladies enjoyed a bus tour of the city yesterday, which they joked provided a good vantage point for their search for escorts on Friday night.
Ita Lyons, a 57 year-old grandmother of five and mother of five, saw the birth of her fifth grandchild just last week.
Another well-known local lady, Tina O’Gorman from Moyross, is noted for her work in the community, having raised nearly €1m for charities over the past 34 years.
Organiser Mike O’Connor said the competition is “not a glamorous granny contest”, and is instead compared it to the Rose of Tralee, while contestants are interviewed in a relaxed atmosphere.
Contestants will be judged on their interaction with their family and community, and a party piece is optional. Tickets for the show priced at €10 for adults and €5 for children under 12.