Daniel surprises Galway granny who was in hospital for her 96th birthday

first_imgWhen Nora Canny from Galway turned 96 yesterday, she got a huge surprise when she got a birthday message from none other than Kincasslagh crooner Daniel O Donnell!Nora, who has lived in Britain since 1947, is one of Daniel’s biggest fans.Speaking to the Irish Post Nora said; “Oh my gosh, honestly, I could not believe it. I was so shocked and delighted. Isn’t it marvellous the things you can do now!” Nora had missed Daniel’s most recent gig in Birmingham due to a stay in hospital, so to make up for it her granddaughter Colette came up with the fantastic idea of reaching out to Daniel and getting a personal birthday wish from the man himself.Colette said; “The first thing she said was, ‘How does he know?’, at which point we all burst out laughing and she said ‘One of ye must have called him’.”Nora all dolled up in younger years“I decided to get in touch with Daniel because grandma has had such a difficult year. She has spent a lot of time in hospital due to her hip which kept dislocating.”“We would play Daniel to her in the hospital when she was anxious to calm her down.” “Danny Boy is her absolute favourite. We even got the hospital radio station to play it for her.”“Daniel was playing in Birmingham last month. I’d have loved to take grandma, but she just wasn’t up to it. I thought a card off Daniel would be the next best thing. So I was absolutely bowled over when his PA sent me that video.”“We all absolutely adore her, which is what made last night’s surprise all the more special, I have never seen her look so shocked, seeing Daniel O’Donnell on her telly wishing her a happy birthday.”“She only got out of hospital last week after a whole month, so this birthday was a particularly special occasion for her and us.”In the video Daniel says; “Hope that you have a wonderful day all together and enjoy every minute. Take care and all the best” Although the video is unfocused, there’s no mistaking the whopping cheers at the end!Video Playerhttps://www.donegaldaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/video-1477039853.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Well done to Daniel for sending Nora this lovely message, and happy belated birthday Nora!Daniel surprises Galway granny who was in hospital for her 96th birthday was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:birthdaydaniel o donnellfanGalwaynora cannylast_img read more

STUDENTS BEING ‘FORCED OUT OF COLLEGE’ BECAUSE OF GRANT FIASCO – MURRAY

first_imgInishowen Sinn Féin County Councillor and VEC member Education Jack Murray has said that the significant difficulties in the processing of third level grant applications by the recently established Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is at crisis point.Cllr Murray was commenting after his party obtained statistics from the Department of Education and Skills which showed that 52,430 student applications were still waiting to be processed through the online SUSI system.Cllr Murray also stated that he and his colleagues have been contacted by a number of students who because they are still awaiting payment of their grant may be forced to drop out of college, while many cannot fully enrol and access college libraries and other facilities. “The SUSI online application system has been a disaster.  Tens of thousands of students have been left in dire straits as they await payment of their third level grant.“I am aware of a number of cases where students cannot fully enrol without their grant. Now through no fault of their own they cannot access library and other college facilities. Others are even worried that they have to drop out of college altogether due to the financial stress they have been put under.“Sinn Féin welcomed the SUSI system whenever it was first launched in June, but we also made clear that it would have to be properly resourced in order to provide an adequate service. The backlog of thousands of unprocessed applications, the apparent lack of training for staff and the difficulties in getting answers when contacting SUSI are much more than initial teething problems.“It is now time Education Minister Ruairí Quinn intervened directly to ensure this integrated on-line system, which was supposed to make the process of applying for a grant a good deal easier, can make the outstanding payments immediately. “The failure of SUSI has already had serious consequences for students and their families unacceptable that its serious flaws could force people out of college at a time when higher education is so important for our long-term prosperity.” STUDENTS BEING ‘FORCED OUT OF COLLEGE’ BECAUSE OF GRANT FIASCO – MURRAY was last modified: November 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:STUDENTS BEING ‘FORCED OUT OF COLLEGE’ BECAUSE OF GRANT FIASCO – MURRAYlast_img read more