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Des Kelly

Interviewed by Lorna Giblin / photos by Emma O’Brie

Lorna: How long have you lived in the area?
Des: 52 years.

Lorna: What’s a fond memory you have of living here?
Des: All the changes I have witnessed in the town over the past 52 years of living here.

Lorna: Have you seen this community come back from hard times before?
Des: Yes, I have seen the community come back from hard times but most places that were going good are now shut down. The town is not improving.

Lorna: What are some things that have helped you through lockdown and what brings you joy?
Des: When I got covid I only had a mild sickness and knew I was going to be alright and stayed indoors as advised by the government. When my grandkids came to see me when it was permitted, it brought me joy as I missed them.

Lorna: What does community mean to you? What sort of things are you doing now to stay connected to your community and family?
Des: The community means a lot to me and I am involved in groups such as Active Retirement, Age Friendly and Older Persons network. I am chairperson of our own Active Club and Older Person Network and vice chairperson of Age Friendly. I like to be involved with the community.

Lorna: What message do you want to share for yourself and this community in 10 years time?
Des: I hope that all the groups for the community stay open and running and progress. I hope that they expand and remain after my day.

Pictured below are images from Des’ shoot with photographer Emma O’Brien.

Des Kelly

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