One of Ireland’s oldest citizens dies peacefully in her 108th year

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One of Ireland’s oldest persons, Mrs Margaret Mitchell, a native of Co Longford, has passed away at the age of 107.

Born Margaret Smyth in Aughnacliffe, Co Longford in September 1906, Margaret passed away peacefully at her home in Eskra, Co Tyrone, where she lived with her daughter Myra and son-in-law Lawrence.

After losing her father at a young age, Margaret worked on the family farm before travelling to America in 1924.

There, she worked in the renowned Plaza Hotel in New York, before training as a paediatric nurse.

Margaret returned to Ireland for good in 1939, before marrying Patrick Mitchell, a farmer from Leitrim, in 1944.

The couple settled in Cloone, Co Leitrim where they raised their two daughters, Myra and Margaret.

In 1971, the family moved to Dublin, where Margaret remained until 2006, when, at the age of 100, she moved to Co Tyrone.

Pre-deceased by her husband Patrick and daughter Margaret, Margaret’s funeral took place earlier this week in Cloone.

Having celebrated her 107th birthday last September, Margaret was able to vividly recall her parents talking about the news that the Titanic had gone down, an event which held many Longford links.

Photo courtesy of the Ulster Herald.




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