Wednesday 22 August 2018

Happy 100th birthday, Maggie!

Family came from across the world to join the celebrations

Maggie Clince with her 5-month-old great granddaughter Grace Hanley
Maggie Clince with her 5-month-old great granddaughter Grace Hanley
Maggie Clince pictured with her family for her 100th birthday celebrations at Castle Gardens Nursing Home

Pádraig Byrne

There were some wonderful celebrations at Castle Gardens Nursing Home recently as one of the residents there celebrated a real milestone birthday. Margaret 'Maggie' Clince from Killanne blew out the candles on her 100th birthday cake, surrounded by family and friends.

Some of those present for Maggie's big day had travelled a significant distance to be there. Her son John travelled from Chicago with his wife and daughter to join his brother Billy and sister Frances for their mother's big day. Meanwhile, her grandson Bill made the journey all the way from New Zealand for the celebrations.

Maggie has a total of eleven grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren, the youngest of whom, baby Grace Hanley, she enjoyed doting over on her special day. She was presented with her special letter and cheque from President Michael D Higgins to mark her milestone birthday and it is now framed and has pride of place on the wall in her room.

'She had a marvellous day,' said daughter Frances. 'We had cake and photos and she was surrounded by family. She was thrilled. The staff in Castle Gardens made a big fuss of her as well. She was treated like the Queen on the day.'

Maggie is a well-known character of Killanne and worked in Rackards most of her life. In fact, she can claim to have played a small part in Wexford's hurling successes of days gone by, as she used to look after Bobby, Billy and Nicky Rackard and even used to wash their dirty hurling kits for them!

Maggie had a great day and it provided a fantastic opportunity for family members to have a catch up as well.

Enniscorthy Guardian