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Friday 9 December 2016

'Go get involved in everything you enjoy. Don’t be sitting at home grumbling' - Lucy's advice as she celebrates her 105th birthday

Lucy Carty celebrates her 105th birthday in Cork yest with her carer Ruth Ogebebor
Lucy Carty celebrates her 105th birthday in Cork yest with her carer Ruth Ogebebor

LUCY Carty today celebrates her 105th birthday – and is very proud that she is the same age as her beloved Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA).

Her advice to everyone seeking happiness and longevity is simple: “Get up and go. Go get involved in everything you enjoy. Don’t be sitting at home grumbling.”

Lucy was born in Wicklow on May 28, 1910, and today her family, friends and staff at Marymount University Hospital in Cork will host a special party in her honour.

But they’ll be hoping for an earlier finish to the party than Lucy’s 100th birthday, when she was still regaling friends and family members with stories at 2am.

In typically generous fashion, Lucy insisted on using her €2,500 cheque from Aras an Uachtarain to fund a lavish 100th birthday party for 170 friends and family in a Cork hotel.

She is held in such high esteem in Marymount that she was asked to join with President Michael D Higgins three years ago in formally opening a new €54m complex.

Lucy attends mass every day, has daily visits from friends and keeps in close touch with everything that is happening in Cork, her native Wicklow and throughout Ireland.

“I loved being a part of the ICA,” she said.

“I am the same age as the ICA – we were both born in 1910. I was a member for years and years.

“I still have loads of friends in the ICA and they come to visit me here. Cooking was always my favourite past-time. I especially loved baking.”

Lucy loves life in Marymount and described it as “a nice, happy and free place”.

One of nine children, Lucy was born in Glenmalure. She started work from the tender age of 11 in 1921 on the death of her mother, Winifred. Lucy, who never married, worked for a time in Roscommon before moving to Cork where she lived with her cousin’s daughter, Maire, whom she helped raise.

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