October 25, 2023
‘An Emotional and Proud Look Back on Last Year’s Journey’
Luba Healy recalls her family's amazing story, one year on
May marks one year since Luba Healy, a County Meath woman,embarked on an emotional journey to reunite with their beloved mother andgrandmother, who had been separated from their family due to the war inUkraine.
The family is nowlooking back on what was an ‘overwhelming’, but heart-warming experience andexpresses their gratitude to ‘Rambling Rover’, who provided them with a meansof transportation for the trip. Luba Healy, who moved from Ukraine to Irelandin the year 2000, along with her husband Eugene, 13-year-old son Francis andfamily friend Diarmuid Dawson drove to the Ukrainian border, back in May 2022,to reunite with Luba’s mother and elderly grandmother to bring her safely backto her home town in Trim, Co. Meath.
Setting out from theRoyal County last May, the family travelled to the Ukrainian border to meetbeloved family and ensure their safe return to Ireland. ‘We were very gratefulthat we could bring our family over safely and with a bit of comfort for such along journey, especially our nana.” Luba said of the endeavour, which saw heralso rescue several neighbours from their locality at the border of Ukraine.
“The trip wasn’t easy - we needed the space and comfort of acampervan to facilitate our ageing grandmother entering Ireland safely, withmany obstacles along the way.” The journey was a huge success, with all membersof the travelling party arriving safely back in Ireland, in a move that Lubasays helped her sleep soundly at night.
With family members settling nicely into life in Ireland,Luba says the next plan is for her nana’s 100th birthday celebrations! Mrs Healyrecently revisited her trip in a Rambling Rover van, and Luba admits it was ajourney down memory lane. “By going in the campervan to the UK recently - I hadtears in my eyes as the memory of getting our family and others was still verymuch raw.”
“We at Rambling Rover were overjoyed to help the amazingLuba and her family in what was such a significant journey. The courage andcreativity that this took, in the face of such adversity was truly remarkable.We see this is a huge reason for doing what we do, and we hope we can continueto assist families in making such treasured memories.” - Niamh Foran, MarketingManager Rambling Rover.
The Ukrainianfamily's journey home is a testament to the resilience of families separated bydistance and the power of determination to overcome obstacles. With war stillraging in the country, Luba is hopeful for peace, and the safety of moreUkrainian citizens. “I have not given enough credit to what we have done yet,it is very emotional,” Luba explained. “We never set up to do what we did. It’sgreat to have them here and know that they are safe. I’m so glad we got ourlads out but there are still so many unpleasant things happening in thebackground.”
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