Wednesday 7 December 2016

100 years of stories

Published 04/09/2016 | 02:30

'Their stories of their first kiss, sneaking out to dances and more especially of the American wakes, where they bid farewell to family and friends' never to be seen again, were both funny and sad'.
'Their stories of their first kiss, sneaking out to dances and more especially of the American wakes, where they bid farewell to family and friends' never to be seen again, were both funny and sad'.

Sir - Having heard so much debate recently about the older generation and how they are costing the state so much more each year by living longer and getting too much pension in the eyes of certain people - and not enough in the eyes of certain others - it was certainly so enlightening and entertaining to see that beautiful documentary Older than Ireland (RTE, August 31).

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What a wonderful programme encapturing the thoughts and memories of people who have attained the ripe old age of 100 years (some of whom unfortunately have passed away since the programme was made).

To listen to old timers, most of them over 100 years of age, relate how they came through the era of the Black and Tans and Civil War as well was so poignant, and how they existed in difficult times.

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