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29th Feb 2024

Ireland’s oldest person Bridget Tierney has died

Stephen Porzio

On a recent birthday, the Cavan woman revealed what she believed to be the key to her long life.

Bridget Tierney, who was believed to have been the oldest person in Ireland, has passed away at the age of 108.

An death notice for the Cavan woman said that she died on Wednesday (28 February) “peacefully” and in the “tender care of her very devoted family”.

Her page reads: “Pre-deceased by her husband Patrick, son Vincent, daughter Patricia and brother-in-law Joe, her brothers James and Sonny and her sister Elizabeth. 

“Sadly missed by her adoring family; her daughters Mary, Margaret, Pauline, Betty and Kitty, her sons John and Tom, sons-in-law; John Joe, Peter, John Joe and Colm, daughters-in-law; Maureen and Eileen. 

“Cherished by her 30 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, her sister Kathleen, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, her close neighbours and friends.”

Ireland’s oldest person Bridget Tierney has died at the age of 108

Born in 1915, Ms Tierney lived through both World Wars, as well as the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War.

When she celebrated her 106th birthday in 2021, the pensioner revealed that the key to her long life was remaining calm and eating fresh food.

Ms Tierney also never drank or smoked.

Bridget’s funeral mass will take place on Saturday, 2 March at 12pm in St Joseph’s Church in Loughduff.

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