Mary’s special birthday surprise

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

NEWRY woman Mary Hale celebrated a milestone birthday after she turned 100 on St Patrick's Day - and even received a telegram from the Queen and a letter from the President of Ireland.
Mary said her card from the Queen was "better than I ever expected" and when asked if she would return the favour when the Queen turns 100, Mary said she would but she would be very old by then.
Her family applied to have the letters sent to Mary on the special occasion and her granddaughter, Janice said she was pleased it worked out. "It took her a second or two to twig on but she was delighted," said Janice. "She also got a letter on her centenary birthday from the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins.
“They both came on the same day and it was a nice wee letter from him.
“She wasn't expecting it at all because we applied for them ourselves. She was really shocked in getting one from the Queen. She always associates her birthday with St Patrick's Day because her birthday is on March 17."
Janice explained that her grandmother still goes out for a walk in the fresh air everyday, even as she reaches 100-years-of-age. Mary was a keen golfer and swimmer and she would have swam in the sea well into her 70s.
Mary was born on Lord Farnham's estate in Cavan on March 17, 1914. Her father was Thomas Morton, from New Ross, who was the estate manager and her mother was Elizabeth Hamilton Davidson, a Copperplate Artist, who was from Dumbarton. In 1918 they moved to Warrenpoint. Her father had a dairy farm on the Hall Estate at Narrow Water. Mary currently lives with her daughter and son-in-law in Newry.
She celebrated her birthday alongside her son and daughter, five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

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