BABY’S DAY OUT: Martina Breen Long and David Long pictured with baby Odhran during his christening in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday last.

By Michelle Crean

Friends may not have been able to join the celebrations due to current restrictions but that didn’t stop baby Odhran Long’s big day going ahead in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday last.

The little tot from The Park, who is now eight-weeks-old, was christened by Fr Jim Lenihan, surrounded by his parents Martina Breen Long and David Long, grandparents John Breen, Ann Galvin and Charlie Long.

Godparents were Martina’s nephew Quentin Breen and David’s sister Marissa Long.

“Marissa currently lives in Australia so she wasn’t able to travel over,” Martina told the Killarney Advertiser this week. “I’d say that if it wasn’t for COVID she would have been there as she is due a visit home. David’s mom Ann stood in for her.”

The couple were joined by 17 family members for the very special occasion. In what would normally be a bigger occasion with friends joining the celebrations, Martina told the Killarney Advertiser that it would have been nice for them to be able to come but with current restrictions it just wasn’t possible.

And Martina’s sister-in-law Breda was busy on the day capturing it all on camera to share with friends and family afterwards.

“I wanted to get it done in case there was a second lockdown,” Martina, who is originally from Pinewood, said.

“It was a lovely ceremony. We all enjoyed a fabulous meal in the Dromhall Hotel afterwards and I have to thank Michael Talbot who is one of the managers there.”

Two very important people in her life were very much missed on the day, her mom Peggy and her sister Jacqueline, who have sadly passed away, she added.