Helen Marks Milestone with Post Lock-Down Open Air Party

Helen Lyons celebrating her birthday party at The Crown with family, neighbours and friends front row:  Catherine Sugrue, Moya, Matthew and Stephanie Howard with mum and birthday girl Helen Lyons, Lilly O’Reilly, Eileen Cronin, Michael Howard and Conor Brosnan. Second row: Noreen Cronin, Noreen Ryan, Ruth and Neilus Lyons, Claire Hickey, Vincent O’Connor, Jerome Shanahan, Bríd O’Connor, Ted Kenny, Donal Ryan, Charlie Harrington, Liz Rochford, Jessica McCarthy, Denis Sugrue, Liz and Saoirse Kerins, Jonathan Callaghan, Micheál O’Sullivan and John Kerins. Missing when the photograph was take were: Dan, Denis and Mary Lyons.  ©Photograph: John Reidy 13-8-2021
Helen Lyons celebrating her landmark birthday with her daughter, Stephanie Howard (left) and Jessica McCarthy – the niece who surprised her when she arrived from the UK for the open-air party at The Crown in Castleisland on Friday night. ©Photograph: John Reidy 13-8-2021

Helen Lyons was joined by family and close friends at The Crown in Castleisland on Friday night to celebrate a milestone birthday with an open-air party.

Helen has been through a tough few years with the passing of family members and the past 18 months have been particularly difficult on her as a result.

Her daughter, Stephanie Howard took things in hand as soon as restrictions began to ease recently and she set about organising a party for her mum’s 60th. at The Crown.

After Lockdown and Restrictions

“After the past 18 months of lock-down and restrictions it was brilliant to see smiles on people’s faces where we were able to socialise and enjoy each other’s company,” said Stephanie.

“My mum, Helen Lyons has had a difficult few years after losing her husband and my dad, Jamie Lyons and her sister Mandy McCarthy within six weeks of each other.

Surprise Guest from the UK

“The lifting of restrictions enabled Mandy’s daughter Jessica to travel over from England to surprise Helen in her sister’s absence.

“Helen had a brilliant night full of love from her nearest and dearest and a great time catching up with neighbours and friends,” she said.

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