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"I have seven grandchildren at the moment, and another is on the way.
You think, I won't be around to see them grow up, to see them go to university.But I am lucky - my grandkids are kind, interesting and loving, like my daughters." Majella O'Donnell, singer and businesswoman, and wife of Daniel, is granny to Olivia, 1. My grandchildren have given me a new lease of life. They're always in and out of the house, and I feel incredibly blessed because I can't get enough of all my grandchildren. They just drop in any time and we might all have a big family meal about once during the week."The best part about being a grandmother is getting the chance to 'be a mother again' without having to 'be a mother again'. I'm so proud of her, as are her other adoring grandparents from Leitrim. There's such a special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, and the conversations you have with them are such a lovely part of any day."I feel I have a lot to offer my grandchildren in an educational way.I had a great conversation with Luke recently about the historical background to Jesus."The worst part about being a grandmother is losing your figure! One thing I'm really looking forward to is introducing her to my parents, her great-grandparents." John Kavanagh, actor, recently played the role of Arturo Toscanini in Florence Foster Jenkins, directed by Stephen Frears. "Of course I'm very busy with the cookery classes, but there is always time for the grandchildren.
" Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, has a granddaughter, Esme, who is two months. First for 15 minutes, and last week I saw her for about an hour. And her mummy is very kind, she sends me videos of her, and I just adore watching them. I didn't expect it, this feeling of love for her that I have for my own children. His grandchildren are Livia, "eight in August", Rhys, 4, Marianne, 2, Esme, 11 months. "My daughters are in London and my son is here, but we're over to see the girls a lot. I'm not one of those grandparents who are called upon to mind grandchildren while their parents are at work. Their parents say 'don't let them do too much of this or that' and I'm like 'of course you can, darling.' "As long as they're safe and there is no fear of them banging their head or falling off anything, then I'm happy to let them do what they want.
I'll have to get to 92 if I am to see Grace get to university.
"I'll have to hang around a while to see George IV go to Presentation College in Cork, the school I went to.
Even in the video, in this short space of time, I can see her reacting to her mother, trying to communicate. "I've another one on the way this month, I don't know whether it is a boy or a child. I remember with my daughter Rachel, the first time I heard her speak was on the phone. I think that might make for a different kind of relationship with grandchildren, and I think it might take the gloss off it. My grandchildren come into the garden and eat all the carrots and the beans and they think this is the most natural thing in the world, to have all this fresh food about. " Celia Holman Lee is a model, fashion stylist and TV personality, and founder of the Holman-Lee Model Agency. "We're very hands-on, or at least I like I think we are, and we love to take the four of them out to dinner.
"A grandparent's bond with grandchildren is so special that I think nothing should be done to change that or put a strain on it. Her grandchildren are Tommy, 2, Ryan, 4, Erika, 5, and Henry, 7. ' "My husband answered, 'The Messiah.' "We all laughed, but it's so true. For an early dinner if their parents have no other plans for them. I'm picking them up from summer camp this week and they'll stay over. We have all sorts of stuff here, a swing, a climbing frame, horses, chickens, ducks, turkeys, three dogs, a cat and kittens, so it's a bit of a paradise for them. Back, up to my house.' "We live so close, my grandson Adam would come down for stories and he'd roll about the carpet laughing, and I love telling stories.
I think also it's wonderful to be able to give parents a break from the children.