105 and count­ing for Lizzie!


Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

ONE of the old­est res­i­dents of county Wex­ford cel­e­brated an­other milestone re­cently as she cel­e­brated her 105th birth­day! Lizzie Byrne was sur­rounded by friends, neigh­bours and fam­ily as she blew out the can­dles on her 105th birth­day cake at her home in Castle­lands, Ferns.

Born El­iz­a­beth Keyes back in 1912, Lizzie was reared on Sta­tion Road be­fore she set­tled down with her hus­band James Byrne and cre­ated a home at Castle­lands af­ter their mar­riage in 1944. While James sadly passed away in 1975, Lizzie is still go­ing strong 42 years af­ter his death. She is cur­rently cared for by her daugh­ter Anne and also has a son, Tim, who lives with his wife and fam­ily in Scot­land. A dot­ing Granny, she is ex­tremely proud of her three grand­sons and five great grand­chil­dren and loves to hear from them and all they are get­ting up to.

Lizzie cred­its her ac­tive life­style as be­ing key to her im­pres­sive longevity and she worked up to the age of 34 mind­ing chil­dren and do­ing house­work for fam­i­lies lo­cally. It’s in­cred­i­ble to think of the changes that this re­mark­able lady has seen over the course of her life, but she still loves to keep abreast of cur­rent af­fairs and loves pick­ing up the pa­pers for a good read.

Lizzie was in great form as friends ar­rived along with her nephew Noel and his wife Su­san and her daugh­ter Anne.

‘She had a ball and she’s still talk­ing about it,’ laughed Anne. ‘She has great friends and neigh­bours out here and she was de­lighted to see them. She’s still go­ing strong and had a great time see­ing ev­ery­one.’

While Anne was un­sure whether her mother is the old­est liv­ing res­i­dent of Co Wex­ford, she be­lieves that she is def­i­nitely in the top two and at the won­der­ful age of 105 that’s prob­a­bly a safe bet as she con­tin­ues to be a great ex­am­ple to us all!

ABOVE: Lizzie Byrne, Castle­lands, Ferns with her daugh­ter Ann, nephew Noel and friends at her 105th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions. RIGHT: Lizzie with her daugh­ter Ann.

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