Maynooth resident Mary celebrates 103rd birthday

103 year old Mary Byrne and Catherine Tighe, Director of Nursing at TLC Maynooth.
A woman in Maynooth has just celebrated her 103 birthday.

A woman in Maynooth has just celebrated her 103 birthday.

Mary Byrne, a resident at the TLC Home on Maynooth’s Straffan road, on 22 May celebrated her birthday with a letter from President Michael D. Higgins.

On Friday morning, 24 May, she received a visit from Mayor of Kildare, Cllr. Michael ‘Spike’ Nolan.

“Fantastic,” was how he described his meeting with Mary,

Mary, a native of Cleggan Road, Ballyfermot, sung him a favourite song, “Memories” and related tales of Eamon De Valera and Michael Collins in 1922 and of shooting from rooftops in Dublin. “It was an absolutely wonderful experience,” said the Mayor of the hour he spent with her.

Mary came to TLC Nursing Home Straffan to live on 29 February of last year..

Born on 22/5/1910 in Erne Street Dublin, she grew up in Fenian Street on Dublin 2.

She worked as an apprentice “snuff maker” in a tobacco factory.

Later she became a professional nanny to the Hogg Family.

She married the late Patrick Byrne, Peace Commissioner, and had eight children. Mary has 36 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren.

According to Carol Carthy, the activities co-ordinator, her favourite song is “Memories” and she recites William Wordsworth poem “Daffodils.”

A card player, Mary enjoys doing crosswords. Neither has she given up on learning new things. She attends art and pottery classes every week.

After all the rowing and scrapping De Valera and Collins are long gone while Mary continues to enjoy a “tipple.”

Is the Maynooth resident the oldest citizen living in Kildare? The Mayor said he did not have the answer to that. Neither does the Leader. Perhaps someone else does?