Betty celebrates her 91st birthday in style

WRITERS' Week marked a wonderful occasion for one well-known local lady as she celebrated her 91st birthday.

Those nine decades were spent steeped in the life of her native Listowel for Church Street's Betty Murphy.

A model of maturity, Betty left the rest of the town envious of just how elegantly she managed to pull off such a notable milestone. She was joined by family and friends in celebration of her birthday and met with many friends around town sampling the atmosphere of Writers' Week - possibly even going so far as to share some of her secrets on healthy living with them.

In terms of the literary theme of the Bank Holiday weekend, Betty can count herself of a Listowel generation lucky enough to have come of age with those giants of the written word, Bryan MacMahon and John B Keane.