Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Granny Aspell in 'Older Than Ireland' screening tonight

A reminder that a local screening for the film 'Older Than Ireland', which features the late Brigid 'Granny' Aspell among other Irish centenarians, will take place tonight, Wednesday 7 October, in The Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, at 8pm. Tickets for the event cost €8.

Brigid was raised by her grandmother in Yellow Bog, and after that lady's death, by her aunt Maryanne. She went to school in Kilcullen, and subsequently worked in Orford's Bar and also on farms in the area before meeting her husband to be, Paddy Aspell. When they married, they lived in Sunnyhill, raising 11 children. Paddy died after 62 years of marriage, in 1991.

In a long lifetime of memories, Brigid could recall ways of life that are now all but gone, and also as a schoolgirl watching the infamous 'Black and Tans' drive into Kilcullen. In more recent years she also had some considerable moments of fame, being the Grand Marshall of the Kilcullen St Patrick's Day Parades in 2013 and 2014.

An interview with her also featured in the last of the 'Vanishing Ireland' books by Turtle Bunbury and photographer James Fennell.