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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Babe 'buzzing' after her 100th birthday bash

SHEILA FITZGERALD

Published 17/04/2014 | 05:26

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YOU would expect somebody who is a century old to be exhausted and overwhelmed after attending a big party.

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However it was the opposite for Babe Murphy who at 9pm on the night following her 100th birthday celebration was described as "still buzzing" and was cited as saying "the day was not long enough".

Over 50 people arrived at Teach Altra in Newmarket to celebrate with Babe, including family members from the UK and USA.

Con O'Donoghue, representing the President's Office, presented Babe with her Centenarian Cheque, and there were numerous floral tokens, congratulatory cards, messages and gifts.

Mass was celebrated by Newmarket PP Fr. David Herlihy and Meelin/Rockchapel PP Fr. Denis Stritch.

Fr. Herlihy congratulated Babe on reaching her 100th birthday in excellent health and told those attending of her long and fruitful life; "Hanora Esther (Babe) McCarthy was born in Meelin on Good Friday, April 10, 1914 and baptised on Holy Saturday. She was the only child of Julia and Dan McCarthy, Farmers from Banane, Meelin", Fr. Herlihy said.

"Babe went to Knockanbane School and married Dan Murphy in 1938. The couple had five children - Eileen, Julia, Phil, Dan Joe, and Andy. Babe and Dan celebrated their Golden Jubilee in 1988, and were married 55 years when Dan passed away.

Babe, who has been a resident of Teach Altra, Newmarket, lived with her daughter Eileen for 13 years. She has 19 grand children, and 25 great grand children.

Over her long life, Babe has experienced both happy and sad times, she loved gardening, knitting, crochet, and reading and enjoyed visits to England, Wales, Rome, and Lourdes. She was a valued member of Meelin ICA for many years" Fr. Herlihy added.

Nuala Boyd, Director of Nursing at Teach Altra described Babe as a wonderful lady who participates fully in the daily life of Teach Altra. "She is a very kind and spiritual person who sets the standard for all of us here" Nuala continued. Throughout the morning prior to Babe's party, both on and off duty staff members called in to wish Babe the best on her big day.

Following a wonderful meal at Teach Altra, there was musical entertainment with Ted McCarthy, Anne Marie O'Riordan, Marie Forrest, Maureen Collins, and Larry Whelan.

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