Wednesday 20 August 2014

Katie and Sarah still blooming as they turn 100

Tom Shiel

Published 29/01/2014 | 02:30

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Martin Canning, postmaster at Ballyvary Post Office in Co Mayo, with Mrs Katie Stenson and Mrs Sarah Deacy. Post offices have a large role in rural communities.

TWO women are about to celebrate their 100th birthdays in a small Co Mayo village.

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Sarah Deacy would love to celebrate her 100th birthday with a cameo in the hit show 'Mrs Brown's Boys'.

The mother of eight originally from Killasser, Co Mayo, hit the century mark at the weekend and spoke about how the Brendan O'Carroll creation cracks her up.

She said: "They are the only thing that would make you laugh. . . It's great craic. I'd love to be in there (on the set along with them)."

Asked about the bad language, she replied: "Well, it's a bit rich (the language), but it's the coming thing now. Nearly everyone is blinding now. It'd be awful if I heard anything like that at home (when she was young back in Killasser). I'd be killed."

Incredibly, Mrs Deacy is one of two local women who are celebrating their 100th birthday this year. The pair were honoured at Ballyvarry Post Office, where they have been longstanding customers.

Katie Stenson from Ballyvary will also turn 100 in the coming weeks, and joined Mrs Deacy to receive bouquets of flowers to mark the milestone.

Martin Canning, who runs the post office, said: "Both Katie and Sarah are lovely ladies. They have been customers of mine for years.

"When the post office in Straide closed, Sarah became a customer of mine. It has always been a privilege to know and serve them."

Mrs Deacy loves to keep up with modern life and television is one of her main pastimes. Apart from the aforementioned 'Mrs Brown', she loves the soaps, particularly 'Coronation Street' and 'Fair City', and is a big fan of wildlife programmes, particularly those hosted by David Attenborough.

"I'd wait up all night watching Attenborough," she said.


The great-grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends on Saturday in Straide, Foxford, where she lives with her daughter Marion Walsh.

She was born on January 28, 1914, and she recalls the War of Independence days, even though she was only five or six at the time. She recalls especially her father's warning to steer clear of the dreaded 'Black and Tans'.

Like her father, she has been a supporter of Fine Gael all her life. She "likes" Enda Kenny but that fondness doesn't spare him from a lash or two of her tongue.

"I like him but he's not doing as he should be. He should be trying to do something for Castlebar, but he never mentions it."

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