A County Longford great grandmother’s personal battle to come to the aid of her granddaughter’s youngest child is the happy-go-lucky story for New Yorkers over the festive season.
Kathy Mallon’s crusade has attracted much publicity after it featured in a recent edition of the ‘New York Times’.
Originally from Molly Hill, Co Longford, Mrs Mallon, like many of her generation left Ireland in 1964 at the age of 17 as economic pressures took hold.
She made the decision after managing to escape from a convent in Co Monaghan where she worked as a cleaner.
“There was nothing to do in Ireland,” she said. “America was beautiful.”
Despite her best laid plans, Mrs Mallon soon experienced personal hardship of her own when she split with her husband, resulting in her having to raise a son and two daughters while working in a local bar.
To read this story in full, see this week’s Longford Leader.