NAN Liston celebrated her 96th birthday with a huge party in the Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Crosspatrick, Johnstown last week.
Nan was born at Inchorourke, Urlingford in 1915. Her maiden name was Nan McDonnell. After a number of years working at Sharkey’s of Johnstown, she married Jack Liston of Killoran, Moyne and farmed there for a number of years, before retiring to Johnstown where they ran an auctioneering business until Jack died in 1986. She was a daily Mass-goer and she spent the last three years with her niece Maureen until she fell and broke her hip. After her hip was repaired in Waterford Hospital, she was admitted to Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Crosspatrick, Johnstown last December where she has been since.
The Sacred Heart Nursing Home is a second home for Nan, the proprietors Theresa and Sean Quinn and their staff are more than good to Nan. She is a great card player, and loves music and singing and dancing. Nan continues to enjoy these pastimes in the Sacred Heart Nursing Home where she plays the 25 card game twice weekly and attends the live music sessions with Gerry the activity co-ordinator three or four times during the week. Nan also continues to enjoy playing Bingo, attends the gentle exercise sessions and often wins a game of target toss and skittles. Nan loves to read and regularly has a book or the newspaper close to hand. She loved to dance the cashel set and the lancer.
Nan is seen here photographed with the Forest set dancers and her nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and the proprietors of the Sacred Heart Nursing, The Quinn Family, and the staff. A great night was enjoyed by Nan, her friends and family and all the residents in the Sacred Heart. There was live music, set dancing, quick steps and waltz’s enjoyed by all. Phil, Nan’s nephew, provided great entertainment with an exhibition of talented sean-nos dancing. Thanks to all who made Nan’s special night such a great occasion.