The Irish Society of East Anglia
A Message from the President of the Irish Society of East Anglia
President from January 2013 to January 2014
It is a real honour to be president of this historical society and I look forward to the year ahead with excitement and if I am honest, some trepidation. I hope that with the help and support of my friends on the committee I will be able continue to represent the society as well as Sheila has over the last year.
Just a quick bit about me. I am a qualified make-up artist and a Director of Reeve Property Restoration. I love the gym, when I can find the time to get there and we have two schnauzers Bentley and Otto who are spoiled rotten. As most of you know, I have been coming to the Society's functions for more years than I care to remember. Initially with Mum and Dad (Hughie and Marguerite) and now with my husband Marcus and Son Finlay. We always enjoy the family friendly functions and look forward to seeing our extended "Irish" family.
Talking of family, some of my fondest memories are of Mary Anne and Bill Mike O’Sullivan, (that’s nanny and granddad to the uninitiated) we always looked forward to our regular holidays to Dads home town of Sneem. A beautiful village situated on the Southern stretch of the ring of Kerry with a pub on every corner and in the back of most shops for that matter. Nanny was always first up and would prepare the most wonderful breakfasts. We would all sit around the long kitchen table chatting and eating for hours. I was always amazed how nothing seemed to run out, especially considering the farm is located 3miles from the village itself and there were no cars to nip to the shop if you forgot something.
The best holidays of all were the big family reunions when my two Uncles and Aunty would be "home" at the same time with my 10 Cousins. We would play for hours without a care in the world and it would seem that this sense of fun and freedom has rubbed off! We recently offered Finlay the chance to choose our next holiday destination..... Florida, Sunny Spain, a cruise? "I want to go to Sneem, visit the same people and do the same things as we did last time" came the reply! Marcus was doubly pleased, not only had he saved a few quid, but Sneem offers him the chance to relax and forget about the stresses and strains of running our business and we look forward to going back again during this year of the "Gathering" ( http://www.thegatheringireland.com )
I look forward to meeting you all during my year as President
The President's Charity for 2013
The Norfolk Hospice