How It’s Irish: Jo is originally from Irish, and this article is in The Clare Champion. She’s moved back home now. Thanks to Daniel Neely for pointing this out to us.
Jo reflects on a life of twists and turns
|Written by Peter O’Connell|
|JO McNamara doesn’t refer to her walking stick by name. She cannot bring herself to mention it but neither can she avoid pointing towards it. It has to be noted that Jo, who now lives in Moyasta with her son Alan, is 96-years-old.
There are plenty of people 20 years younger than Jo who need the aid of a walking implement to guide them. Jo earned a living performing and teaching dance in Ireland, London and New York and was always fully mobile. That’s probably why her slightly restricted mobility is difficult to accept.
Jo told The Clare Champion in Moyasta recently.
A teacher at the Irish Arts Centre in New York at the time, Jo was on the missing list from work for a while.
“I taught everything from Irish step, tap, old-time waltzes and even tango. I taught a bit of everything. I don’t regret the life it was,” Jo reflected.