Wednesday 23 January 2019

Moya crowned supergran after completing Junior Cert at 92

Grandparent of the Year Moya Connelly (94). Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Grandparent of the Year Moya Connelly (94). Photo: Kyran O'Brien

A Dublin woman who completed her Junior Cert at the age 92 has been named Grandparent of the Year.

Moya Connelly, now 94, was presented with the prize in recognition of her "lust for life".

The retired nurse returned to education six years ago for an IT course so that she could email her brother in Brazil and Skype her grandchildren.

She later sat Junior Cert exams in history and English in Colaiste Eanna in Cabra.

She continues to take art classes and recently branched out to making Christmas cards.


Moya was nominated by her granddaughter Hannah, one of her five grandchildren, who described her as "inspirational".

"I just wanted to keep my mind active," Moya said.

"My grandchildren have phones and iPads and everything and I thought I should try to keep up with them."

When asked what she was planning next, Moya said: "Not another exam. I have the art classes and I write poetry.

"I'd really like to say thanks to everyone at Cabra Community College. If it weren't for them I never would have done the exams," she added.

Moya won a trophy, a weekend away in Ireland and a Specsavers voucher for her efforts.

"I've got to get some posh glasses," she said.

The Grandparent of the Year award was launched by Specsavers in association with Third Age.


There were four regional winners from Connacht, Ulster, Munster and Leinster who competed for the national title.

In a statement, Chairperson of Specsavers Ireland Sinead Clohessy said: "We received heart-warming entries from all across the country and were truly inspired by Moya's story."

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