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Meath woman turns 106 and reveals the secret to a long life

By Brian Dillon

October 17, 2019 at 5:00pm

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106 is fairly impressive all the same.

Nancy Stewart hails from Clonard near Kinnegad on the Meath/Westmeath border. Yesterday, she turned 106 years old. All I can say is fair play ?

It is actually believed she is the oldest person in Ireland to be living in her own home.

She explained that staying away from cigarettes and alcohol helped.

But when asked what the secret to long life was, she explained that you have to "have a good humour".

"Don’t fight with anyone and do your job well. That’s all," she added.

Nancy has lived in her home for more than 80 years and celebrated the impressive milestone yesterday surrounded by family and friends.

She also touched on the importance of being charitable:

"I wasn’t going out shopping or drinking, so I had that money to give to the poor.

"So they’d get a home to live with their children and that they’d be reasonably priced."

She also told midlands 103, "Having neighbours and friends in talking and having a good chat with them and a nice cup of tea - if they make it themselves."

"If they don't, they'll just have to do. I'm able to make it because I don't want to give all those that come in the fashion of making it," she added.

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