KINAWLEY native Elizabeth Gallagher has celebrated a milestone birthday. The local woman recently turned 100 and she’s shared some of her top tips for a long life with the Herald.
Mrs Gallagher was born in Kinawley parish in 1920. She grew up in Fermanagh but moved to England for work in her 20’s and stayed there for around three years before taking flight again, this time to Canada to be with her aunt.
Mrs Gallagher later moved to New York and it was there she met her late husband Tommy Gallagher, who worked in the New York fire department. At the time Elizabeth was working for the Manhattan State. The couple married in 1962. Some time later Tommy sadly passed away.
Mrs Gallagher said, “In 1984 I decided to come back and settled in Fermanagh where I have lived since. I have lovely neighbours and carers.”
While some say it’s hard to pinpoint the key to a long life, Mrs Gallagher believes the fact she has never smoked nor drank is a key factor.
Keeping active has also helped with the local woman remarking that she enjoyed the weekly dances and loved to ski too!
“I have travelled a bit in my time and I went to America on holidays when I was 95 years old. I do not use a microwave at any time, my food is cooked fresh, and no meat on a Friday.”
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