Becoming a grandparent can make you feel old but for a lot of grannies and grandads out there, they are gaining that title at a very young age.
The Irish Independent did a feature on the subject in today’s paper, during which time they spoke to Dundalk-based window cleaner Johnny Cooney (44), who first became a grandad at 39.
Johnny had no problems taking the new role in his stride though and told the paper that he was only too happy to help with nappies and night feeds.
“When you first find out you’re going to be a grandparent, it’s a bit of a shock.
“At 39, I remember joking with my eldest daughter Derval: ‘I’m too young to be a grandad!’ Secretly though, I couldn’t wait.
“Now I have four grandchildren: Lee (5), Jay (4), Tara-Lynn (3) and Penny-Rose (7 months).
“As a dad-of-five myself, I have great time for the kids. Your first grandchild is a bit like starting all over again.
“They all live close enough by, so I can help out with the school run and babysitting. Or if I’m going somewhere and they want to come with me, it’s no bother.
“I’d like to think I’m a good grandad. I’m very close to all four children. Like most grandads though, your granddaughters are your little princesses!
“When we’re out and they call me ‘grandad’, some people do look twice. But I just laugh it off. As a young grandad, with any luck, you get more time with your grandchildren. You get to see them growing up.
“When my grandkids are in their 20s, I’ll still only be in my 60s and able to do stuff with them.
“I know lots of people who are older than me and don’t have any children or grandchildren, so I consider myself very lucky.”
Source: Groovy grandads (The Irish Independent)