Even though Delia Colahan has spent most of her life living in Ballinasloe, she is a Cork woman born and bred. Her early influences include the Holy Family Sisters in Newbridge.

“I grew up in a time when Ballincollig was a small village. My mother died when I was just six years old and so, as well as living at home, I spent time with relations and went to school with the Holy Family Sisters. I thought they were wonderful. They were open and fair and they gave me a great education. They weren’t just interested in the very bright students. They did their best for all of us.”