NEW ARRIVAL: Baby Henia Norrie Buckley, pictured with her parents Killian Buckey and Magdalena Sobierajska, was born in France last week.

By Michelle Crean

A very special delivery arrived last week in France – baby Henia Norrie Buckley who has a strong Killarney connection. On March 19, Henia was born on her father Killian’s birthday which made her birth even more special for him and his partner Magdalena.

Henia is the first grandchild to Tim Buckley and Marina Cassidy from Muckross, and niece to Hollywood actress and local star Jessie, as well as Eva, Julia, and Lily.

Her unique name is made up of the nicknames by which two of her great-grandmothers were known, Killian explained to the Killarney Advertiser this week.

Henia is short for Henrika, her Polish great-grandmother who is full of fun and has been a great loving presence throughout Magda’s life and who still lives in Lodz, Poland,” he said.

“And Norrie Buckley of the Arbutus Hotel, who passed away the year before last, was known to many in Killarney as a beautiful, caring and intelligent lady. For me, as my Nana, she only ever had one piece of advice to give on the many occasions when I would ask.

““Just be kind” she would say with her sideways grin. It is a motto I have tried to live by up to this point and it is even more important now that we live in the COVID era, where there has never been a greater need to be kind to each other. It is something I will be proud to pass down to my daughter, the latest strong Kerry woman in a long and distinguished list of them, for now representing the county from underneath Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France.”

He added that he’s looking forward to a time when they can come home to visit. “Until then, we are grateful for the technology that keeps us connected to those at home. I am grateful to have my roots in such a great place as Killarney where the kindness of nature is always close at hand.”