Hannah’s Happy Hundredth!

20 May 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

A LOCAL lady has much to be proud of as she celebrated her 100th birthday last week.
Hannah ‘Annie’ McElwain formerly of Aughnamalla, Smithboro has been a resident of Drumbear Nursing Home on the outskirts of Monaghan town for nine years.
She was joined by her family and friends on Wednesday last, 11th May to mark the unique occasion.
The celebrations began with a Mass said by Very Rev. Joseph McCluskey, parish priest of Threemilehouse followed by a visit from Monaghan Town Mayor Robbie Gallagher.
A letter of congratulations signed by President Mary McAleese, was presented to Hannah by Dympna Mac Mahon, Manager of Drumbear Nursing Home.
Afterwards the party guests indulged in an afternoon of music and reminiscence.
Hannah is the first resident in the nursing home’s history to reach the age of 100. She was born on 11th May 1911 in Co Waterford where she spent her youth before emigrating to London in the late 1920s where she met her husband Hugh.
When the war began the couple returned to live in Monaghan where they raised four daughters, Maura, Agnes, Kate and Ann and one son, John who sadly died in a car accident in 1968. Hannah’s husband Hugh passed away in 1992.
Hannah’s great love of music, song, dance and storytelling has remained a constant part of her life from her early days.
In her younger years she enjoyed dancing at the Drumkill Day Care Centre socials in Threemilehouse and loved the music and chat on Northern Sound radio.
Hannah has received a number of Age and Opportunity Awards and she also took great pride in her garden and her cooking, especially her wonderful apple tarts.
Hannah is a proud grandmother and great-grandmother of 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Her family would like to extend praise and express their sincere thanks to Dympna Mac Mahon and the staff of Drumbear Nursing Home for their continuing care of Hannah and for making last Wednesday a truly memorable day for all involved.

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