Nancy Quinn has been cocooning at her daughter Sheelagh’s home in Tara Hill since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It’s been great. There’s a big garden here and three lovely beaches nearby, but I miss my friends’.
The well-known Arklow native says she’s been lucky in her experience of cocooning and moving temporarily to live with family in Co. Wexford.
‘It’s been more strange than tough. I’ve been very lucky to have famiy to go to. My granddaughter is also here, she’s doing an MA in the University of Ulster from home.
‘I get Mass every day on RTE, but I miss the GAA. I miss looking at the hurling and I miss playing bridge. But, a lot of other people had no one and have been on their own.’
Nancy says she recently received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and is due to receive the second jab in the coming days.
Covid restrictions have meant that Nancy’s great-granddaughter, Roisin Walsh of Co. Limerick, is still waiting to be baptismed. Nancy has only seen the little infant a handful of times since her birth in 2019. The proud great-grandmother has not yet been able to meet her second great-grandchild, Yvlia Quinn of the Garden County, who arrived in December.
Cocooning also provided an opportunity for the Beresford Terrace resident to write a book about her family’s history. Nancy was born in the Fisheries, the poorest area of the town. Her book will cover the years from 1860 to 1918 and provide a glimspe back at Arklow in times past.
‘It took about two months to work on the book. It’s a history of our town that’s being recorded. I didn’t know that much, but my mother was a great historian and I have a cousin in the United Kingdom who was able to fill in details. My daughter and granddaughter also helped with the project.’
Nancy’s grandmonther, who was known as Granny Russell, passed away in the influenza outbreak of 1918. Nancy’s sister also perished at the tender age of 18 months within days of her grandmother and the pair were buried together.
The book is currently being edited and is expected to be published in the coming months. Proceeds from the book will be donated to Arklow RNLI.
‘Since the RNLI came to Arklow in 1827, some of my maternal and paternal ancestors have served on crews. My father and my two brothers, Pat and Bill, were also members of the crew for many years,’ Nancy adds.