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Ireland’s oldest woman an example of a life well-lived

Editor's Viewpoint

Ellie Lawther, the Belfast woman who has died at 109, is believed to have been Ireland’s oldest person.

She lived through times which saw the sinking of the Titanic, the partition of Ireland, two World Wars, and the creation of the welfare state, as well as the Troubles and many more ups and downs of history.

When this newspaper attended her 108th birthday in March 2017, she was mentally sharp, sharing jokes and memories about her teenage years and her future husband.

Her secret to a long life was hard work, good food and no cigarettes or alcohol. Overall, to borrow the title of a famous movie, What A Wonderful Life!.

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