Monday 18 December 2017

Ireland's centenarians share their memories

A still from the documentary featuring Kathleen Snavely
A still from the documentary featuring Kathleen Snavely
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Members of Ireland's 'Club 100' have recalled the most memorable moments of their lives in new documentary 'Older Than Ireland'.

From watching the Custom House go up in flames during the 1916 Rising, to buying their first pair of shoes, or remembering the thrill of a fleeting first kiss, the group of 30 Irish centenarians have shared intimate details of their lives with filmmaker Alex Fegan. Director Fegan, who previously worked on acclaimed documentary 'The Irish Pub', said it was both a "privilege and an honour" to work with the elderly cast.

"It was an amazing experience and a privilege to listen to their stories and share their memories," he told the Irish Independent.

"They were all so open and had no inhibitions or shyness. They were a joy to listen to."

Bessie Nolan (103) from Drimnagh, Dublin, is one of those featured and said she believed that "everybody should die at 70." The film also features the oldest Irish person ever on record, 113-year-old Kathleen Snavely - who believed the secret to a long life was the odd Manhattan cocktail.

Sadly, Kathleen and eight of of the other centenarians have passed away since the documentary was shot.

'Older Than Ireland' won the Best Feature Documentary award at the Galway Film Fleadh and will be released on September 25.

Irish Independent

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