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PICTURES: Laois woman is first person to celebrate 100th birthday in Tipperary nursing home

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Laois woman, Katie Dowling, celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends on February 25, 2019. 

She was the first person to celebrate her 100th birthday in the Villa Marie Nursing Home, Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

Born in February 1919 in Barney, Errill, Co Laois, Katie was the second eldest of a family of six, four boys and two girls and is the only surviving member of her family.

In 1954 she married Maurice Dowling from Clonmeen, Errill. They bought a farm in Bordwell, Ballacolla, Co Laois and had two sons and a daughter. 

Maurice died in 1992 and Katie remained in Bordwell until 2006 when at the age of 87 she moved to Borris-in-Ossory to live with her daughter Mary and family. Kate has eight grandchildren.

She attributes her long life to lots of hard work on the farm, plenty of fresh air, proper food her favourite being bacon and cabbage and a good sense of humour and positive attitude.

Katie is pictured with her cheque of €2,540, 'The Centenarian Bounty', and she also received a congratulatory letter signed by the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins. 

The Centenarian Bounty is a national award made by the Irish president to people who have reached 100 years of age.

Have a look through the brilliant pictures in the gallery above from Katie's 100th birthday celebrations.

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