Echo article ‘is my claim to fame since I was a baby’

By Aideen O'Flaherty

A CLONDALKIN woman – who was in the pages of The Echo in January 2000 as she was the last baby born in the Coombe before the turn of the millennium – celebrated her birthday on New Year’s Eve.

Lucy Wall was featured in The Echo when she was just a few days old, after her mother, Caroline Lynch, gave birth to her in The Coombe at 4.36pm on December 31, 1999.

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Caroline Lynch and Daughter Lucy Wall

Now working as a Montessori teacher, Lucy celebrated her birthday on New Year’s Eve with a socially distanced gathering with her family in the front garden of the family home.

Describing how she marked her milestone birthday, Lucy told The Echo: “We had a little socially distanced party in the garden and I blew out the candles on my birthday cake using a hairdryer, then I went to a drive-thru cinema and got a Chinese takeaway with my boyfriend.

“It was a bit upsetting at the start, because I was so excited to turn 21 and I really wanted to go out with my friends and get dressed up, but by the time my birthday came around I was glad that I could do anything.”

Lucy stood at the front door of her house and used a hairdryer to blow out the candles, as she was worried that if she blew on it her family and friends might not be able to eat it because of the pandemic restrictions.

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A reproduction of the article with Lucy Anne and her parents when she appeared in The Echo on January 6, 2000

While she’s hoping to have a night out later this year to mark her birthday, Lucy, a past pupil of Coláiste Bríde, still enjoyed her 21st in such an unprecedented year.

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Caroline and Lucy holding The Echo when they appeared in it 21 years ago on January 6, 2000

As for the article that appeared in this newspaper marking her birthday 21 years ago, Lucy said: “I read the article years and years ago – it’s been my claim to fame since I was a baby!”

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