7 February 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Pat Treanor from Doogary in Tydavnet is one of the oldest people in County Monaghan. He has lived through two World Wars, the troubles in the North and many other important world events.

He celebrated his 103rd birthday on Saturday with his family, in the house where he has lived since his birth on January 31st 1912. Asked about his secret for a long life, Pat revealed it was having a wee bit of everything and not too much of anything. His view on what you need for living a long life: a good pair of shoes and a good bed, because if you are not in one, then you are in the other! Pat was married to Molly McGee from Middletown in County Armagh in December 1949. She died in 1982 aged 61. There are six children in the family and sixteen grandchildren. The eldest Marie is married to Petie McAree and lives close by at Mullyera. Anne is married to Rory McKenna and lives in Aughnacloy. The eldest son Johnny worked for Aer Lingus as a mechanic for many years and lives in Rostrevor. Dominic is married to Olive and lives at Aghacla, Tydavnet. Seamus lives in Doogary and is married to Paula. Pat’s youngest child, Patricia, married Seamus Delaney and lives in County Cavan.

Pat himself is one of twelve children—seven boys and five girls. His 85 year-old sister Philomena Roche lives in Leeds. One of Pat’s brothers Oliver was a Garda for many years and served for a time at the Phoenix Park depot in Dublin, where one of his jobs was to look after President de Valera’s Rolls Royce car. Pat received a centenarian’s cheque from President Michael D. Higgins when he turned 100 in January 2012.

In each of the following three years he has received a medal from the President to mark his achievement. He has followed keenly the activities of President Higgins, who he had marked out as a potential winner during the election contest in 2011. Pat devoted his years to working on and then running the family farm. He is also known in the parish and further afield for having a cure for bleeding or sprains. Congratulations Pat and may you have more celebrations to come.


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