100 year old Sligo woman recalls growing up in the late 19th century.
Not many people can say they were around at the end of the 19th century but Mary Ellen Gallagher from Sligo can. Mary Ellen celebrates her 100th birthday.
Comparing life now to life at the end of the last century Mary says that things weren't that different except things were cheaper. If you wanted to go anywhere, you had to walk.
People were great walkers. They walk ten miles and not be tired.
Mary Ellen spent 70 years living near the sea in a part of Sligo known locally as Gibraltar. Commenting on the popularity of Gibraltar Mary Ellen says
You wouldn't get a stone to sit on if you didn't go out early.
Formerly a popular beauty spot, its popularity ended when a municipal dump opened nearby.
Mary Ellen reminisces on her happy childhood growing up in Cairns, where she spent countless hours playing near a local holy well around a dancing tree.
There was no enjoyment. You had to make it yourself.
Commenting on reaching the milestone of 100 years of age, Mary Ellen says
It's God's holy will... If God didn't want you to live, you wouldn't live. I never thought I'd reach a hundred.
An RTÉ News report by Tommie Gorman broadcast on 2 May 1986.