Each year RTE, Ireland's national broadcaster, pays tribute to someone special as part of The Afternoon Show's 'Random Acts of Kindness' strand.
And this year, the programme turned to Dublin and Moscow In Your Pocket to come up with a suitably spectacular prize for the worthy winner. Mary Magan, together with her sister Pauline, travelled from her hometown of Limerick to Russia to enjoy a luxury seven-day cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg courtesy of Volga Dream, Lufthansa and In Your Pocket.
Nominated by her neighbour Leila for all her efforts in the local community, Mary's reaction to her win was characteristally modest. “I was very overcome when I was nominated because I normally do things very quietly and don’t expect any praise for it", she said. "What was going through my head was that there are thousands of people doing things like me, and more”.
Come rain or shine Mary is at her post as a lollipop lady at St. Paul's National School, Dooradoyle, Co. Limerick, where she has guided two generations safely across the road. In her spare time she cares for an autistic boy, giving his mother some respite. And this selfless lady has also fostered many children over the years, works with the elderly, and has helped immigrants in the community get jobs and furnish their houses.
Mary and Pauline took the cruise in August during the school holidays. "I always said I would go on a cruise at some stage" Mary told us. "I thought I might go when I retired, but not this soon!”.