An emotional girlfriend who had to get a Christmas present for her partner has told The Irish New Journal she felt like she had been betrayed by her family.
In an exclusive interview with the New Journal, the mother-of-two described how she was initially shocked when she received a letter from her family saying she would not be getting Christmas presents for their family in December.
“It just seemed like such a shock to me,” Ms McBride said.
“But when I looked into it, it was actually something I was really excited about.”
“I’ve never really received a Christmas gift before.
I had a lot of Christmas cards, but never a gift for my partner.”
She was just excited about getting a Christmas card, which I knew was a bit odd.
“I’m quite used to being told she’s going to get one for Christmas, but it was just a shock.”
The letter said she was going to receive two, but I’m not sure what those two gifts were.
“We were trying to organise it, but we didn’t realise we’d only received one.”
Once I read that I just felt like it was the wrong way to go.
“Ms McBride, from Galway, said she did not understand how the family had not been celebrating Christmas.”
Ms McKellows mother-in-law, the Rev Catherine McBride from Co Wicklow, who is also her partner, said the situation was not unusual for her family as she is a widow.””
She just thought she was being left out of the Christmas festivities.”
Ms McKellows mother-in-law, the Rev Catherine McBride from Co Wicklow, who is also her partner, said the situation was not unusual for her family as she is a widow.
“In my family, we always get Christmas cards for each other,” she told The New Journal.
“There’s a bit more money in the bank than most people get for Christmas.
It’s quite a significant amount of money, and I don’t think it was a surprise to her at all.”
The New Journal contacted Ms McBoys family and asked them if they would like to share their perspective.
A spokeswoman for The Catholic Church said the church did not comment on the family’s situation, and the Church of Ireland is the custodian of the Irish Christmas.
The spokeswoman said the Catholic Church does not comment publicly on matters related to religious matters.