A MOYROSS grandmother who has raised nearly â‚¬1million for charity is among the entries to the second annual Limerick Granny of the Year competition.
Tina Oâ€™Gorman from Pineview Gardens, Moyross, has spent the past 34 years fundraising for charities throughout Limerick and the Mid-West, all while caring for six children and seven grandchildren.
She is now just â‚¬18,000 shy of the landmark seven-figure sum, and once she reaches â‚¬1m, she hopes businessman and philanthropist JP McManus will match her donation.
The Limerick Granny of the Year event is produced by Limerickâ€™s Got Talent producers Mike and Paul Oâ€™Connor.
To date, eight ladies of a certain age from Ballynanty, Ballybrown, Prospect, Thomondgate, and Moyross have entered the competition.
Mike Oâ€™Connor said the competition is â€œnot a glamorous granny contestâ€, and instead compared it to the Rose of Tralee, as contestants will be interviewed in a relaxed atmosphere and can do a party piece if they wish.
They are seeking nominations for grannies to compete in this yearâ€™s competition in aid of the MS Society Limerick Branch. â€œThe competition will be very exciting for our participants over the next few weeks with various functions involved, including a free evening of musical entertainment at Peter Clohessyâ€™s Bar where we will present our grannies to the media, the public, as well as introduce our sponsors,â€ said the organisers.
And the prize if they win? A three-minute shopping trolley dash through Dunnes Stores at the Parkway Shopping Centre, with assistance from a member of staff so they can pick up as much as possible, and a five person weekend break at The Trabolgan Holiday Park in Cork.
The final event will be held in Patrick Punches hotel on May 20.
Tickets for the show priced at â‚¬10 for adults and â‚¬5 for children under 12. Tickets will go on sale from Wednesday, May 11.