'I'm the oldest in my class but I don't care', says Mum of the Year Marie
A mother from Swords has taken home the coveted prize of Dublin Mother of the Year in a special awards ceremony.
Marie Moffitt was nominated by her daughter Carly, who said her mum was a "huge inspiration" and "never lets anything get in the way of her goals".
Speaking at the Dublin Women's Way and Beko Mum of the Year awards, Marie explained how she was adopted at nine months old and only met her birth mother once.
"I thought if I didn't do it, I would always be sorry but I also realised that, once I sent the letter, it was out there and there was no going back," she said.
She's now returned to education and is currently studying for a degree in English Literature and Human Development.
"I'm the oldest in the class but I don't care," she said.
"The kids were wary at the beginning but towards the end of the year they were great and promised to take me to Coppers before we finished our degree," she added.
The judges who chose from hundreds of entrants included Norah Casey, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, Nuala Carey, Edward Hayden and Brent Pope.