Castlerea woman Mary Coyne, Ireland’s oldest person, died yesterday (Monday) at the age of 108.

She was a resident of the Aras Mathair Phoil Community Nursing Unit in Castlerea.

Eight years ago she received the centenarian medal  from President Michael D. Higgins.

Interviewed by a reporter on reaching her 100th birthday, the mother-of-two,  grandmother and great grandmother, attributed her longevity to “taking life one day at a time”.

Mary, whose maiden name was Griffin, hailed from the townland of Rathbarna near Castlerea town.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roger, some years ago.

Her remains will repose at McDonagh Funeral Home, Castlerea, this (Tuesday) evening prior to removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Castlerea.

 She will be laid to rest  in Castlerea cemetery  tomorrow (Wednesday) following funeral Mass at 11 a.m.

 

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