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Born before work started on Titanic, is Sally Brady (107) the oldest woman in Northern Ireland?

By Angela Rainey

The mother of a Sinn Fein MP who celebrated her 107th birthday is possibly the oldest woman in Northern Ireland.

Sarah "Sally" Brady was born in Newry on March 3, 1909, just three weeks before work started on the building of the Titanic.

The youngest of four brothers and five sisters, she attended St Joseph's Primary School in Newry.

As an adult she became an auxiliary worker at Daisy Hill Hospital and married "the best man in Markethill", husband Willie, before having their five children - Jim, Mary, Teresa, Lilian and Mickey.

Son and Sinn Fein MP for Newry, Mickey Brady, said: "We are blessed to still have our mother and to be able to mark such a milestone birthday.

"She's an avid reader, she gives off a bit, she prays a lot - she's a typical Irish mother. If she saw me on television and my tie wasn't straight she'd be waiting to tell as soon as I got through the door.

"She doesn't get out as much as she would like but mentally she's still very sharp. In fact the other day she said, 'a hundred years ago today I was about to start school'."

A keen dancer in her day, Mrs Brady liked a night out in Newry Town Hall and Hourican's dance hall in Warrenpoint. She also enjoyed a game of bingo.

Mr Brady MP added: "When she was 100 we took her for a trip to Stormont, then for her 105th birthday Martin McGuinness had a little party for her and she enjoyed that. But she was really pleased to get her medal from the Irish President and a proclamation since it's the anniversary of the Easter Rising this year."

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