Saturday 30 August 2014

Hale and hearty


Published 22/05/2014 | 05:26

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Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P., Millstreet presents the President’s cheque to Julia Murphy, Gortavehy, Millstreet. Also included in the historic picture taken in Julia’s home were her son, Donie and Winnie O’Connor.

WITH a hale and hearty diet of bacon and cabbage, and the odd hot toddy, are just two ingredients which sprightly Julia Murphy of Millstreet saluted on her reaching her grand 100 birthday.

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Julia, who hails from Gortavehy, was the toast of Millstreet and there isn't any difficulty for her in reading all her birthday cards, as she can read without the help of any glasses.

She was born on April 26, 1914 and from a young age she worked for farmers in the region. She was regarded as a Trojan worker and despite retiring a number of years ago, she is known to not rest on her laurels.

She follows all the soaps on TV - when there is a new plotline in Coronation Street to Fair City, Julia is smack bang in front of the TV with a cuppa in one hand and following every move.

She also cites being a major fan of both Cork hurling and football, and can easily reel off the players.

Julia has also been very fond of traditional Irish music and one of her major pastimes is getting out songbooks and learning a number of songs from times past.

Without question, another reason for her long and healthy life, according to her son, Donie, is that Julia is incredibly positive. "She just oozes pure positivity and it has certainly stood to her," he said.

Julia never smoked, but she would dabble in a hot whiskey and also likes a glass of wine. When the weather is good, she will go outside and also loves nature. Julia was surrounded by a host of well wishers at her wonderful party at the Dromhall Hotel in Killarney. She was also honoured at the Millstreet Day Care Centre where she belted out some of her favourite songs and officially opened the new Clara Garden at the centre.

Winnie O'Connor, Donie's partner, is also a great help to Julia. She regularly takes her out.

In addition, Julia also thanked the home helps who come to her house and chat to her and they always enjoy the banter.


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