100-year-old Kathleen gets her first spin on a motorbike
Kathleen Foley had always dreamed of taking a ride on a motorcycle - and now at age 100 her dream has come true.
"The older I get, the more daring I get," Kathleen Foley from Santry told the Herald last night.
Yesterday, Kathleen - a mother of two - was brought on a motorcycle around Drumcondra, north Dublin.
The trip was organised by the Dublin Motorcycle Touring Club (DMTC).
When Kathleen turned 100 last June, her daughter Helen decided it was as good a time as any to get Kathleen out to realise one of her dreams.
Helen's husband Mick drives a motorbike and is involved with the DMTC, so they got the club involved and organised the ride.
"It went much better than I thought," Kathleen said. "I really was terrified, but I really enjoyed it. They were all very patient.
"Now that I have it done, I have a few doctors I want to send the photo to," Kathleen said with a laugh.
Kathleen is known for her daring streak.
At her 90th birthday party, she hopped up on a bouncing castle that they had hired for the children.
"We had a bouncing castle for all the kids," daughter Helen said.
"But nothing would do my mother, she says, 'Well it's my birthday, I'm getting on the bouncing castle.'
"So she went on the bouncing castle, and she was telling the various consultants she goes to, 'Oh I'll be going on a motorbike some day.' They said 'You'd better send a photo'."
Nineteen DMTC bikers came out to see Kathleen's first motorbike ride and to wish her well on her journey.