Local lollipop woman ‘thrilled’ to be crowned Dublin’s Best Lollipop Person

by Rebecca Ryan

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A local lollipop lady is “thrilled” to have been crowned Dublin’s Best Lollipop Person.

98FM’s Big Breakfast gave the title to Fiona Ryan from Our Lady of the Wayside School in Kilternan who has been working as a Lollipop lady and keeping the kids safe at the primary school for nearly 20 years.

The 53-year-old from Barnacullia told Dublin Gazette she is “thrilled” to have won.

“I was delighted, I was absolutely thrilled. I didn’t even know I was nominated, it was a huge surprise! It makes you feel that you’re appreciated and that people like you.”

Fiona, who is known to always be in great form, said she absolutely loves what she does and revealed that her favourite thing about the job is the kids.

“Just seeing them coming up in the morning. Sometimes they come up to me and hug me around the leg, those little things just make such a difference.

“Children walk up to you with such a smile on their face, I mean how could you be in bad form or not love that. That’s what keeps me there, I just love the kids.”

As part of the award of the year, 98FM gave Fiona a well-deserved prize of a break in the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway which she said she cannot wait to avail of. She said she will enjoy the prize with her partner Kevin.

The popular woman, who is also a carer to her mother Carmel (92), is very grateful to everyone who has voted.

She said: “I’m just so grateful and thankful that everybody nominated and voted for me because it’s them that got me there! It was such a surprise to me because I never even knew there was such a thing as Best Lollipop Person in Dublin. I was thrilled!”

Well wishes have been pouring in online for Fiona.

One wrote: “Delighted Fiona. You really deserve this. You always have a smile and kind word to everyone. “

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