Wednesday 24 October 2018

Oldest woman dies at the age of 111

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

IRELAND'S oldest person, Margaret Dolan, died peacefully among family yesterday at the age of 111.

Maggie, as she was affectionately known by friends and family in her native village of Corofin, Co Galway, was born on July 27, 1893.

A non-smoker and teetotaller, Maggie believed that being young at heart kept her going, said her niece Christine Naughton, who was at Maggie's side when she passed away.

"She didn't act the old person at all. She was always young at heart," she said. "Her faith was very strong and she took a real interest in people and the world. She loved reading and was still able to read up to a few years ago when her eyesight failed."

A removal service will be held at 5pm tomorrow at St Colman's Church, Corofin, followed by a funeral mass on Sunday.

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