Mag enjoys the read of a century
THE secret to a long and healthy life: a loving family close at hand, an occasional tipple of whiskey and a daily dose of current affairs.
Margaret 'Mag' McNaught, from Cabinteely, Dublin, celebrates a special milestone today as she celebrates her 100th birthday surrounded by her four surviving children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
"It's just gone so quickly, the time has passed so quickly, the last 100 years," she said.
"Especially when you reach 40, the years fly by."
Born in Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, in 1912, the same year that the Titanic sank and Scott perished in the Antarctic, Mag has been a voracious consumer of current affairs ever since and reads the Irish Independent every day.
"Although 100 years old, she still reads the Irish Independent and watches the news to keep in tune with what is going on in the world," explained her granddaughter, Dervilla Power.
"When we look back on her life, she has witnessed pretty much everything from civil war to space exploration... She's a very intelligent, remarkable woman.
"She sees somebody every day and has always had company."
Mag grew up in Derryea, near Kiltimagh, where her parents ran a shop and often recounts the hardship of the west of Ireland during those times.
After marrying her husband Neil, a garda, she moved to Ballyhaunis, where they had five children. Following Neil's death in 1971, Mag moved to Dublin, where she has lived ever since.
However, she still makes sure to visit the west at least once every year.