Seventy seven year old great grandmother, Chrissie O’ Meara and her eleven year old great grandson, Josh Hackett from Thurles, climbed Mount Brandon in Kerry and raised 2,500 Euro for the Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre in Thurles, at the weekend.
Some 140 hillwalkers from all over Ireland raised 6,000 Euro for the Blind and Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre.
Chrissie will also take part in the Womens’ mini-marathon in Dublin later this year for the Suir Haven Centre also. A great charity worker, caring Chrissie has been a member of the Mid Tipperary Hill Walkers Club for over 25 years and she has also taken part in 26 Womens’ mini -marathons in Dublin for good causes. “I always loved walking and the mountains and being out in the fresh air. I really think it is very good for your health”, she said.
Josh Hackett, is a fifth Class pupil of Gaelscoil Bhride in Thurles and is interested in sports. Chrissie herself has already climbed Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntwohill, in Kerry, and also climbed mountains in Connemara.
“I walk nearly every day and I do the local walks regularly. I am very fit and I also take part in the Thurles Active Retirement Group exercise sessions twice a week in Thurles Leisure Centre”, said Chrissie, who added “I have no pains and I can and do eat everything and I am not on any tablets. So, I am very lucky, really. I am absolutely blessed with health”.
Chrissie and husband, Michael, had five children, three of whom survive, and they also have 18 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Chrissie said” I think Suir Haven is wonderful and the nurses are so kind. There is a lot of voluntary work being undertaken and I think
it’s marvellous for Thurles .
Suir Haven Centre was officially opened by the former National Party Person of the Year, the late Mattie Ryan of Thurles, a jeweller who
was well known in equestrian circles.