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Monday 20 August 2018

Father’s day is a wonderful excuse to say thanks

So it's Father's Day this Sunday and as usual I'm more excited about buying a present for someone that I love than I ever am about receiving gifts. Myself and the big bro have got him a dinger of a gift this year -- I can't say what it is as Pops will be reading this, but let's just say it is related to a new hobby he is pursuing since he retired.

I know that everyone ticks these events off as Hallmark days, but, for me, it's nice that we get to spoil Pops. I suppose that in our family on Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays etc we compete to spoil one another -- as a way to say thanks for everything that has been done for us in the year gone by.

For example, Pops picked me up one Sunday morning last year because I had seen that Aldi had a great offer on light switches, and he knew that I needed some guidance.

He has painted both bathrooms and intends to help me with the rest of the house. He helps with with planting pretty flowers -- even though he knows I will eventually, unintentionally, kill them.

But the most important thing with my Pops is that he is my voice of reason, my rock, and he is always there for me, even when I am a brat. I have never, ever gotten a bad piece of advice from him -- it can be to do with work, life or personal life -- he is a wise owl.

Plus, he is my biggest supporter. He has championed me in my latest hobby of running, cheering me on for the Flora Women's Mini Marathon and boasting about me doing it in under an hour (see my latest plan re running below).

So the reason why a cynical media gal such as myself is not scathing about Father's Day is simple -- I have a really, really good dad, best in the world as far as I am concerned.

In my book Hallmark or no Hallmark, Poppa O'Keeffe is getting the full treatment this Sunday. He has certainly earned it.

PS: I will be taking part in the Spartan Challenge, which means doing the Adidas series of races this autumn -- a 5k, 10k, half marathon and the full Dublin City Marathon. Spar are seeking one representative from every county in the Republic to prepare for and compete in the marathon on October 31. Register at www.spartanchallenge.ie or on Facebook.

Closing date is June 22.

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