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Friday 17 November 2017

Party goes on for 106-year-old Bridget

Eoin McGarvey

YOU can't keep a fun girl down, no matter what her age, and Bridget 'Biddy' McGee was the last woman standing after celebrating her 106th birthday at the weekend.

The great-great grandmother was among the last to leave Leo's Tavern, Meenaleck, near her home at Annagry, West Donegal, on Saturday night.

She celebrated her birthday last Thursday but waited for relatives to arrive from the US to join the party.

Biddy, who is the third oldest person in Ireland, received scores of cards and messages of good wishes in recent days -- among them a letter and medallion from President Mary McAleese.

She was joined by son Michael, daughter Lilly and extended family and friends at the birthday bash.

"There were a lot of people at the party between family and friends. We had some food and then music and plenty of craic till the early hours.

"I wouldn't usually be up that late but it was good fun and sure I couldn't walk out," she laughed.

And she revealed that lots of sleep is one of the reasons for her long and healthy life.

"Some mornings I get up early and pull the curtains but maybe go back to bed for another while," she said.

Biddy has great belief in exercising her right to vote and having not missed a presidential election to date she plans to mark the presidential ballot paper again on Thursday for the ninth time.

But she declined to reveal who she hopes will be sending her a letter of congratulations from the Aras for her 107th birthday.

The oldest person in the country at present is Mary Kate Byrne, of Maganey, Co Laois, who was 107 on August 14. And just five days 'younger' is Katie McMenamin, from Rathmullan, Co Donegal.

Irish Independent

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