Monday 23 April 2018

WATCH: Irish 101-year-old granny on why she will vote 'Yes' in Marriage Referendum

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A 101-year-old woman has been dubbed a 'legend' after she declared why she is ready to vote 'Yes'.

Retired teacher Kitty Cotter gave her opinions on the upcoming marriage referendum in an online video that has garnered almost 50,000 views.

The Cork native said she believes in 'equal rights for all citizens'.

Speaking in the video, Kitty said; "I'm 101 years old but I believe in equal rights for all our citizens therefore I will be voting yes in the coming referendum."

Proud granddaughter Ca O'Donoghue uploaded the video to social media site Facebook, writing: "Decided to ask my 101-year-old grandmother how she's voting in the marriage referendum in a few weeks...what a hero!"

Kitty has been praised by hundreds of social media users with people dubbing the Bandon granny a 'legend' and a 'lady'.

One person wrote: "She is in inspiration showing not all people of an older generation are opposed to change."

Grandson Billy O'Donoghue said his granny was overwhelmed by the reaction.

"We put the video up at lunchtime yesterday and the views have just been incredible. She doesn't get the whole 'viral thing' but she was very touched to hear how people were reacting," he told

"I think she was more touched in seeing how taken myself and my mum were with it.

"Facebook is quite alien to her - news is something she reads in the paper," he continued.

"She's phenomenal, she reads the paper every single day and stays so involved in everything that's going on.

He added: "Kitty will indeed be voting in the referendum next month, she's never missed an election or a referendum."

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