A woman has held on to a treasured Easter egg given to her by her dad only a few months before he died - 45 years ago.
Earlier this week, Louth man John Gartlan said he believed his 40-year-old egg was poss-ibly the oldest in Ireland, but Dolores McMahon (59) has knocked that claim off the perch by five years.
Dolores, from Navan, Co Meath, brought the hand-made egg with her when she moved from her home in Nobber to Dublin and then back to Meath when she got married.
She has worked in Tunney Opticians in Navan for the past 27 years, and says that despite the egg going a bit "mouldy", she can't bring herself to get rid of it.
"I was 14 and my mum and dad gave me this amazing Easter egg," said Dolores.
"In 1973 the eggs were very plain and there wasn't much choice, but this one was in a beautiful box and the chocolate egg, which was in a clear, hard cellophane wrapping, had iced flowers on it.
"I remember thinking it was so beautiful that I couldn't eat it, so I just held on to it.
"As the weeks passed, the egg was moved on to a shelf in my wardrobe, but I knew at that stage I wasn't going to eat it, because God only knows what was growing on it.
"I don't know how it escalated. The days turned into weeks, then months and it was still there.
"Then my dad died four months later and it became even more sentimental, in that it was the last Easter egg he gave me."
When Dolores moved to work in Dublin, the egg went with her, and then back to Navan when she got married, to Hugh, and it was put on display in a cabinet.
"It's a well-travelled egg that has yet to be hatched," she joked.
"All my nieces and nephews and even my own daughter think it's mad that I held on to it for so long.
"I've threatened so many times to put it in the wheelie bin, but I can't bring myself to do it."