Ireland's oldest citizen dies aged 109

Monday 18 January 2016 15.21
Molly Madden pictured with her children celebrating her 109th birthday last month (Pic: The Mayo News)
Molly Madden pictured with her children celebrating her 109th birthday last month (Pic: The Mayo News)

Ireland's oldest citizen, Molly Madden, has died aged 109.

Molly Madden, from Co Mayo, was born in 1906 and turned 109 in early December.

She had the distinction of being both the oldest person in Ireland and the oldest Irish citizen in the world.

Ms Madden was born in Caherlistrane, Co Galway in 1906 before moving to Ballycastle, Co Mayo with her family when she was seven-years-old.

She was a former priest's housekeeper and had been married to her husband Pat for 65 years before he died.

She was the mother of four children - three sons and a daughter; grandmother to 20 and great-grandmother to 31 children.

Ms Madden lived independently at her home in Ballycastle until she was 99, when she had a fall and moved to the Moy Ridge nursing home in Ballina.

She lived there for nine years, where staff and residents described her as a great lady and a great friend.

Her funeral will be held on Monday.