Photographic lightning strikes twice!

Photographic lightning strikes twice!
Like mother like daughter, Margaret and Louise Burke share a unique claim to fame - separated in time by 30 years both ladies won a competition to take a photo of their baby!

Like mother like daughter, Margaret and Louise Burke share a unique claim to fame - separated in time by 30 years both ladies won a competition to take a photo of their baby!

The Nationalist is proud to play a part in this heartwarming family tale. It began in 1984 when Margaret Burke, in Cashel, took a photograph of her baby daughter Louise and entered it in a competition run in the paper. She had high hopes because Louise had just won a bonny baby competition at a Scout and Family Day in Leahy Park! Six month old Louise’s photo won that competition, to the delight of Margaret.

Fast forward 30 years and now Louise is a mother to her own daughter, lovely Grace Hanly. On a visit to her mother in Cashel, Louise took a photograph of Grace, who was only two months old at the time. Inspired by her own mother’s success, years earlier, Louise entered the photograph in a competition run by Ireland AM on TV3 - and won! Louise, and her husband Mark Hanly who accompanied her along with Margaret and baby Grace to the television final, think it’s a lovely connection, history repeating itself 30 years later. Louise told The Nationalist: “It was such a fantastic day and to have them all present with me when I won even made it that bit more special.”

Louise is pictured above holding the photograph she took of Grace and (inset) sitting on her mum Margaret’s knee as she appeared in The Nationalist in 1984!