Wednesday 21 August 2019

Ireland's oldest person Sarah Clancy dies aged 108

Sarah Clancy. Photo: Sean Mannion
Sarah Clancy. Photo: Sean Mannion Newsdesk Newsdesk

Ireland's oldest person Sarah Clancy has died this morning, aged 108.

The pensioner, from Carraroe, Connemara, Co Galway died peacefully in her sleep at home, according to relatives.

Ms Clancy, a native Irish speaker, emigrated to the US in 1938 where she set up hom in Dorchester, Boston with her sister Anne.

She worked as a housemaid and cook in the houses of the wealthy in the area.

The Galway woman never married and returned to Sruthán in 1988. She kept house and babysat a new generation of grandchildren.

According to a recent interview with the Connacht Tribune Sarah said she loved the children and would help answer their letters to Santa.  She only gave up babysitting at 95.

She refused to use wheelchairs up to the age of 107. She had eight brothers and sister who all predeceased her.

Local Councillor Seán Ó Tuairisg (FF) said : "She lived to a fine ripe old age. She was an exceptional woman."

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