You can take the woman out of the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the woman! And there is no truer statement when it comes to 86 year old Julia Bracken, a resident of Oakdale Nursing Home in Portarlington.
Julia was delighted when she received a surprise visit recently from her grandson Keith Bracken and his first calf of 2014.
Originally from Portnahinch outside Portarlington, Julia farmed all her life and has a great affection for animals.
Her first comment when she saw the two week old simmental heifer calf was “that’s out of my blue cow!”
Julia’s son Eamonn, father of Keith, said that the visit brought back many happy memories for his mother.
“She enjoyed farming all her life in Portnahinch, and she was known for having a wonderful way with animals. She could nurture a sick animal back to health with ease,” he said.
Julia had a firm grip on the calf as she showed it off to all her friends.
“She’s a fine animal, and she’ll make good money yet!” she said.
Julia plans to visit all in Portnahinch once the weather picks up “to check up on everything”.
Eamonn praised the staff at Oakdale for all their good work, and in making his mother feel at home.
“The care and attention she receives there is second to none, and she has adapted easily to her new environment,” he said.
In their recently published report on Oakdale, the Health Information and Quality Authority allowed for animals to visit the residents.