Centenarian put long life down to dancing and wine

A Tipperary woman who has passed away aged 105 put her long life down to having a glass of wine and a dance every day, her family said yesterday.

Elizabeth McNamara, who had nine children, lived at home with one of her daughters right up until her last days.

Born on Sep 27, 1906, she lived through the tenures of nine popes, two world wars, the 1916 Rising, the sinking of the Titanic, the Black and Tans, and the election of the first African-American president.

“She swore by having a glass of wine daily. We brought our new son Benjamin to see his great grandmother in September when she was 105 and she was in good health. We took a picture of them and had it framed,” said her grandson, Gerry Donovan.

Ms McNamara was living at her home on Convent Rd, Clogheen, Co Tipperary, and had only recently stayed at St Theresa’s Community Hospital in Clogheen for short-term care after her daughter Elsie became ill.

She passed away peacefully at the facility on Tuesday, Mar 13, having outlived three of her children.

Elizabeth Ryan, a granddaughter, said: “She had amazing health, she wasn’t on any medication. She was never sick really and she danced all her life. She was still watching the television without glasses, her eyesight was fantastic.

“She received five gold medallions from the President on her 100th birthday and every other birthday since. We have lovely memories but, we are also very sad at her passing.”

She is survived by her six children Philomena, Connie, Elsie, Betty, Jeffrey and Eddie, relatives and friends.

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