30 May 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A Co. Monaghan woman was one of the oldest voters in the country—if not the eldest—when she cast her votes last Friday in the European and Local Elections.

Mrs Molly Loughman, a widow who is in her 102nd year, and a native of Castleblayney, voted before noon at a booth, which facilitated urban residents, as well as a number of elderly patients domiciled at St. Mary’s Hospital in Castleblayney.

She celebrated her 101st birthday last February and is now a patient in the hospital, where she also worked as a staff member and carer for several years.She was assisted from her hospital ward to the conveniently placed booth for the public and patients inside the building, by staff nurse Liz Cunningham, who said Molly was “a wonderful patient” and they all thought the world of her.

Posing to have her picture taken at the booth, Mrs Loughman said she felt it was important to vote…but also felt she was becoming a bit of a celebrity with all the fuss!.

The presiding officer, retired popular Blayney town clerk, Mr. Paddy Carragher said Mrs Loughman was in great spirits.

He said she looked forward to casting her votes and was taking a very keen interest in the outcome of both elections”.

And he added that it was quite possible she might have been the oldest voter in Ireland—if not, she was certainly one of the oldest people in the country to vote in the European and Local Elections!.

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