LAST Wednesday and over the weekend, the McCormack home in Derrylin has been reverberating to the excited greetings of countless grandchildren and great grandchildren arriving from all corners of Ireland, and from London, to celebrate Brigid McCormack’s 104th birthday.
Brigid received her fourth commemorative medal from President Michael D. Higgins, by post. Ironically, ‘Michael D.’ was in Enniskillen on Wednesday but, when we rang his press office to suggest he might like to meet Brigid, they explained that his schedule would not allow that, with regret.
According to Grace Crawford, one of Brigid’s grandchildren, her health has changed little from when she received the President’s first medal, and letter of congratulations when she reached the 100 mark.
“She lived on her own till she was 101, but she was afraid of what might happen if she fell, so she has full-time care now. She’s flying at the moment, both physically and mentally.”
Brigid is the last of her siblings surviving and she herself and her late husband, Owen – he died on Christmas Day, 1985 – had 13 children, one of whom, sadly, Mary McCaffrey, Umera, Teemore pre-deceased her.
Hard to believe that Brigid was born the year before the ‘Titanic’ sank on its maiden voyage to New York.
On the day of her birth, Google does not record anything of note. It seems they had overlooked that event!
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