Ireland’s oldest woman has marked her 109th birthday by sharing two tips on how to enjoy a long life: don’t waste time, and live it to the full. Máirín Hughes follows her own advice by bird-watching, reading newspapers and novels, doing crosswords, listening to music, playing Scrabble – and enjoying the fuss every time she reaches another birthday. “I just like living,” she told reporters on Monday.
Hughes was born on 22 May 1914, two months before the outbreak of the first world war, and remembers her mother taking care of people during the 1918 flu pandemic. She celebrated her latest milestone with friends by boarding a vintage bus for a tour of Dublin’s Phoenix Park, with afternoon tea, before returning to her nursing home in nearby Chapelizod….
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