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Ireland's oldest living person has passed away

Mayo native Molly Madden was 109.

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IRELAND’S OLDEST LIVING person, Mayo native Molly Madden has passed away. She was 109.

Molly had been the oldest living Irish native since December 2014. She became Ireland’s oldest-living citizen in July last year following the passing of Irish native Helena Gibbons in Massachusetts.

A relative of Molly told TheJournal.ie that her long life was “something her family is very proud of”.

They said that Molly’s longevity could be attributed to “only eating home-cooked food, no processed food whatsoever, that was what we agreed when she passed her 109th”.

Molly (nee Keane) was born in Galway in 1906. She moved with her family to Kincon in Co Mayo when she was three-years-old according to the Mayo News.

ballycastle Ballycastle, Co Mayo, where molly lived for more than 60 years Source: Google Maps

She eventually moved to Ballycastle in the county and married Pat Madden, to whom she would be married for 65 years until his death in 2009.

Her death comes exactly a month after she celebrated her 109th birthday at the Moyridge Nursing Home in Ballina where she had been residing.

She had lived in Ballycastle until shortly before her hundredth birthday.

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