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 Louiseâ€™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 motherâ€™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 itâ€™s a lovely connection, history repeating itself 30 years later. Louise told The Nationalist: â€œIt was such a fantastic day and to have them all present with me when I won even made it that bit more special.â€
Louise is pictured above holding the photograph she took of Grace and (inset) sitting on her mum Margaretâ€™s knee as she appeared in The Nationalist in 1984!