A hundred year old woman recalls growing up near Gibraltar in Sligo.

Not many people can say they were around at the end of the 19th century but Mary Ellen Gallagher from Sligo can. Mary Ellen Gallagher celebrates her 100th birthday. 

Comparing life now to life at the end of the last century Mary says that things were not 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.

She spent 70 years living near the sea in a part of Sligo known locally as Gibraltar which was so popular in good weather that,

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 Gallagher 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.

On reaching the milestone of 100 years of age Mary Ellen Gallagher 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 broadcast on 2 May 1986. The reporter is Tommie Gorman.