Brid takes plunge to mark 50th and for charity

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

High flier: Brid OGrady with her tandem master Andy
Many people choose to celebrate their 50th birthday with a big party, but Brid O’Grady opted for a somewhat more challenging experience – she marked the milestone by jumping from a plane at 10,000 feet.

Many people choose to celebrate their 50th birthday with a big party, but Brid O’Grady opted for a somewhat more challenging experience – she marked the milestone by jumping from a plane at 10,000 feet.

In August, the Newcastle West native who now lives in Tralee, travelled to the the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue Airfield in Edenderry, Co Offaly to do the jump. In doing so, she raised over €2,200 which she split between two local charities – the Adare Alzheimers Day Care Centre and Down Syndrome Ireland.

Brid travelled to the centre in Adare last week to present the cheque to the the committee members.

The Alzheimers Day Care Centre gives much needed support to families of Alzheimers patients. This was experienced first hand for Brid and her family with the care given to her late mother in law, Maureen O’Grady.

“The support given by all the staff to Maureen and the family was most gratefully appreciated,” she said.

Afterwards, Brid thanked all those who donated to her jump especially her friends in the motorcycle racing community.