‘I can still recite poetry I learned at school’ – one of Ireland’s oldest women turns 107

One of Ireland’s oldest women turned 107 last Tuesday and her mind is still so bright she can still remember her first day of school back in 1919!

Retired farmer Bridget Tierney, a great-great-grandmother from Loughduff in Co Cavan, believes the secret to longevity lies in homegrown food, a calm positive attitude and hard work.

In fact, Bridget – whose eight surviving children, Mary, Margaret, Pauline, John, Betty, Tom, Kitty and Patricia, are all pensioners – gets up at the crack of dawn every day and starts her morning with her own freshly made oatmeal.

The grandmother of 30, great-grandmother of 45 and great-great-grandmother of four children has lived through world wars and pandemics.

“I was four on my first day of school,” Bridget recalls. “I remember starting the same day as my sister Elizabeth who was six years old. It’s so clear to me like it was yesterday.

“I can still recite the poems I learned in national school. I try to keep my mind active by doing crossword puzzles, watching quiz shows, and keeping up to date with current events.

“I don’t cook much anymore – but I always help with the dishes afterwards!”

Bridget has always had a love for politics and can remember going to Granard as a child to hear Michael Collins speak. “I’ve voted in every election since I got my vote and I’m proud of that.”

All of the neighbors in Loughduff have visited Bridget on and off over the years and they always enjoy her sense of humor and sound advice. Her daughter, Kitty Cullen, says it’s always a pleasure to visit her mother. “She brings a sense of calm and happiness to all of our lives. Mammy was widowed in 1983. She worked just as hard on the farm as our father Patrick. She is a tower of strength to all of us, especially since she lost her beloved son Vincent in November 2021. She is very family oriented.”

Remarkably, Bridget’s entire family has come to see her for the legendary birthday in recent days, including her granddaughter Deirdre Tierney, who flew in from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“I am very happy to be able to share this momentous birthday with my grandmother,” she says. “I hated missing their birthdays because of the pandemic. A visit to Grandma always leaves a feeling of peace, serenity and pride. She is a living legend.”

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