FOLLOWING the death of Rathdowney native Anastatia Kealy last week, Aras an Uachtarain has confirmed that Ireland’s oldest citizen is now Mary Kate Byrne from Maganey in Laois.
Mary Kate Byrne turned 107 in August and still lives in her own home.
She is surrounded by her family, including sons, daughter-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren and has friends who visit her every day. The Office of the President presents a centenarian bounty, a congratulatory letter and E2,540 to Irish citizens on their 100th birthday. The person also receives a commemorative coin in a presentation box, and a congratulatory letter each birthday thereafter.
There was some confusion this week when it was reported that a Donegal woman was the longest living citizen. However, President Mary McAleese’s office confirmed that the titled belonged to Mrs Byrne, her family and Laois.