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The Silver Surfer who's still riding the crest of a wave

Marie O’Gorman may not be able to fly because of a medical condition, but she still has the world at her fingertips.

Marie O'Gorman
Marie O'Gorman
Image: Paul Hyland/

THE ’03 NISSAN Micra still sees daily use, but even that has its limits.

It’s when the car is sitting in the driveway that Marie O’Gorman, 78, truly has the world at her fingertips.

On any given night you may find her her daughter’s living room in Armenia, or browsing American shops to get her sewing machine back to full working order.

Crowned the ‘Most Dedicated IT Learner’ in 2009′s inaugural Silver Surfer awards, Marie, has no intention of stopping any time soon. caught up with her to see how her life has changed in the four years that have since passed.

Marie’s award from 2009. (Image: Paul Hyland/

Sitting in her Walkinstown home, it’s hard to believe that the great-grandmother is not hiding a grand-niece or nephew out of view, such is the array of technology on show.

Her smartphone and laptop are never far away, not to mention the desktop she has in the next room.

(Image: Paul Hyland/

As family members flew the nest and in certain cases left the country altogether, sending letters just didn’t cut it.

With 5 children, 19 grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren, O’Gorman, with the help of Age Action, has no problem keeping in touch with her extended family, whether they are in Kildare or Armenia.

Marie’s daughter, Edel, emigrated to Armenia eight years ago. (Image: Paul Hyland/

“Age is nothing but a number,” Marie says. “I couldn’t do without my computer.”

To hear more from Marie, check out her interview with below.


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