Ireland's Eye: What's going on in the old sod this week
A look at news from around Ireland
Cecilia’s husband William bought it when it was already 12 years old. The replacement isn’t going too badly for her either!
When she won the competition in 1986 Miele asked for the washing machine so they could put it in their showroom in Dublin. Automatic washing machines were all the rage in the eighties, so off went
Cecilia to Todds in O’Connell Street, where she purchased a Zanussi model for £320.
History has repeated itself as 26 years later her Zanussi washing machine is still going strong.
“It is as good as the old one. I must be good to mind things,” laughed Cecilia.
When she saw a piece on her old Miele in the Limerick Leader newspaper, Cecilia said it brought back lovely memories.
It was purchased by her husband William way back in 1968 for a mere £2 at a DeCourcy auction in Limerick.
“I thought I would be killed when I arrived home with it. I was sent into town to buy a new machine and here I am coming home with one for £2,” said Mr. O’Dwyer.
As it was already 12 years old Cecilia wondered how long it would keep working. It was the bargain of the century as new washing machines cost around £150 then. The only thing that ever had to be replaced was a roller which only cost one shilling.
The fact that the O’Dwyers are farmers meant her washing machines have had extra strain due to mucky clothes, but they just kept on going until the cows come home.
And if Zanussi plans to run a competition for their oldest washing machine in Ireland Cecilia could be in line for a double.
Charity Closes to Cut Costs
CHILDREN’S charity Barnardos has closed its offices and services for one week because of repeated cuts to its budget over the past number of years which have resulted in a reduction of its statutory income.
The charity also says it is experiencing a decline in donations.
A spokesperson said the decision was made by management in December 2011 to temporarily lay off staff for one week.
They say that all the families and children they work with, as well as the 400 staff and volunteers, had months of advance notice about the decision.
The timing of the move was done so as to have the least impact, they said.
All of Barnardos services are closed this week. However, the charity's network of shops located in Cork, Wexford, Carlow and Dublin will remain open.
A number of fundraising staff are also available if people want to make a donation.
In case of emergency calls, including those with child protection concerns, people can call a dedicated mobile number.
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