WATCH: This Dublin grandmother just wanted a hug for her birthday

Necessity is the mother of invention...


With two rolls of gaffer tape, one roll of cling film and a shower curtain, a Dublin grandmother got her birthday wish over the weekend: a hug from her grandchildren.

Dublin stylist Jan Brierton proved that necessity is the mother of invention when she invented a device that allowed her mother to safely hug her grandchildren for the first time since the pandemic led to social distancing measures.

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Brierton isn't the first parent to come up with such an invention. Carly Marinaro from Rockford, Illinois, went viral last week after she built a "hug time" machine outside the home of her grandmother, 85-year-old Rose Gagnon.

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