Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Jack Kelly had a surprise visit from members of the Laois senior football team when they visited him at Oakdale Nursing Home Photo: Michael Scully

OAKDALE Nursing Home in Portarlington held a birthday party for one of their residents who was celebrating his 100th birthday. Jack is the first resident of Oakdale to reach their 100th birthday and he is eagerly awaiting a card and cheque from President Michael D. Higgins.
Jack Kelly from Portnahinch, just outside Portarlington has been a resident in Oakdale for the past four years and was joined by his grandchildren and wider family members some of whom travelled from Australia to join in the celebrations.
Apart from his family and listening to the radio, reading the daily paper (without glasses) Jack’s main interest in life is all things Laois GAA. Two of the staff members in Oakdale, Orla Bracken and Katie Fitzpatrick, contacted members of the Laois senior football team to pay a visit to Jack.
On Thursday 20 June the Laois captain Stephen Attride accompanied by six of his colleagues and members of John Sugrue’s back-room team paid a surprise visit to Jack. They presented him with a Laois shirt signed by all members of the senior team and bearing the number 100.
Jack who got a great surprise was thrilled with the visit and when introduced to Graham Brody said: ‘Brody you’ve an unusual way of playing’. His comment drew great laughter from Graham’s colleagues. Jack engaged freely with all the players and asked plenty of questions and commented that with a bit of luck he felt they would be able for Derry, which we now know they were.
In his youth Jack played with the old North Portarlington team and then O’Dempsey’s. He says that Jack Kenna was among one of the greatest players ever to wear the blue and white.
Speaking at the event Valerie Moore, General Manager of Oakdale, praised and thanked the players for taking time from their busy schedules to visit Jack and remarked that some of them had visited Oakdale previously. She said that such visits make a big difference to people’s lives and said that they were great ambassadors for the county team and the GAA.

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