A 105-year-old Roscommon woman who got the Covid-19 vaccine today says she is feeling "great" but misses her family who are living abroad and cannot get home during the pandemic.
Mary Quinn from Knockroe, Castlerea was one of 160 over-80-year-olds who were vaccinated by five doctors and two nurses at the GP practice of Dr Greg Kelly this afternoon.
She was born in 1916 but today Mary Quinn walked into Dr Greg Kelly's GP clinic in Castlrea for her covid 19 jab & said afterwards it was "great". Her story & lots of other happy ones from the clinic in Roscommmon is on https://t.co/G4sKEHr3rA now pic.twitter.com/LmrXKc1B8X— Ciaran Mullooly (@ciaranmullooly) February 20, 2021
Mary was born in 1916, and spoke about her memories of the reputation of the Black and Tans in the community at the time, though she was glad she never actually saw them when they raided homes in the area.
Dr Greg Kelly said today was one of the most memorable of his medical career. He said people have been searching for a magic bullet to try and stop Covid and "now we have the ammunition to do it".
Mary Quinn’s friend, Danny Burke, also got the vaccine and said he was now looking forward to a pint of Guinness and watching Roscommon in the Hyde before the year was out.
"We all have to have patience," he said.