Celebrations have taken in Blackrock, Co Louth for a great grandmother who turned 90 today.

Kathleen Lynch danced in her garden all day to raise funds for Age Action Ireland and the Red Cross.

Less than a year ago, Kathleen and her husband Donnie, 94, were attacked at their home.

They say raising funds is their way of giving back to a community that has supported them.

Kathleen's family had planned a hotel party to mark her 90th birthday, but it had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

Not all of her family could be with her today, due to the restrictions, but some of her 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren have been dancing from afar.

Over €12,000 has been raised for Age Action Ireland and the Red Cross so far.

Kathleen said she was overwhelmed by all the support she’s received.

"I just want to lift the spirits of anyone and everyone during these gloomy days," she said.

The great grandmother, who has been cocooning at home with her husband for the past few weeks, was surrounded by some of her family and friends, who live locally. 

Her daughter Geraldine O'Reilly said it was heartbreaking not having everyone there, but it was lovely to have so many well wishes.

Kathleen dancing with some of her great grandchildren

"This is a beautiful celebration, it's an all day thing, it's really lovely, all the good wishes, it's full of positivity," she said.

Kathleen's granddaughter Shannon Lynch said her Nana was an inspiration to everyone. 

"She never forgets birthdays. She's always on the phone. She never misses an event. She loves a day out so the fact we can't celebrate in style is a shame," she said. 

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Louth woman Kathleen said she was trying to remain positive and is urging people to do the same. 

"My advice has always been get up, get out and do it, keep singing and keep dancing," she said. "Just try and be happy."