Tributes paid to Walkinstown grandmother featured in RTE film

by Rachel Darcy

A Walkinstown woman who touched the hearts of the nation after her appearance in an RTE feature earlier this year has passed away, aged 100.

Margaret Lynch, originally from Inchicore, appeared in the heartwarming short film ‘Letters From Lockdown’, shown on the national broadcaster in early May.

In the film, Margaret is seen writing a letter to her five-week-old great-grandson, who was born just one day after her 100th birthday.

Margaret had been unable to meet him in person as she was cocooning from the virus, but expressed her love to young Daniel in the letter, as well as her thoughts on the pandemic and life.

She had turned 100 in April, with the landmark birthday celebrated with a socially distanced gathering of her six children, 16 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Margaret passed away at Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross on Sunday. Thankfully, the great-grandmother was able to hold baby Daniel for the first time in July, when restrictions were first lifted.

Cian Lynch, Margaret’s grandson and Daniel’s father, spoke to RTE about the first time his grandmother got the chance to hold Daniel.

“It was a really special moment after all the well wishes after the programme. It was excellent, she was such a remarkable lady. For her to sit down and finally get to hold him was very emotional, and meant a lot to all of us,” he said.

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