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Bridie Dillon

Interviewed by Cara Dillon / photos by Emma O’Brien

Cara: How long have you lived in the area?
Bridie: Over 30 years.

Cara: What’s a fond memory you have of living here?
Bridie: When my favourite granddaughter, Cara, lived across the road.

Cara: Have you seen this community come back from hard times before?
Bridie: I have seen the community shattered by tragedy in the families and in time, with the help of neighbours, I have seen lives built again. Knowing you belong in the community is very important.

Cara: What are some things that have helped you through lockdown and what brings you joy?
Bridie: The best memory I have from lockdown is when my family came around and talked through the window. My joy, now that we are out of lockdown, is when we can speak to our family without the window. Personal contact brings me great joy.

Cara: What does community mean to you? What sort of things are you doing now to stay connected to your community and family?
Bridie: Community means to be a part of your neighbourhood, looking out for your neighbours and helping out where necessary. I involve myself with the “act of age” community and also pitch and putt. Family get-togethers and family celebrations keep me connected to my family.

Cara: What message do you want to share for yourself and this community in 10 years time?
Bridie: Always be kind and considerate with family and friends.

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

Bridie Dillon

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