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Family members travel from near and far to celebrate Eskra centenarian's birthday

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Family members travel from near and far to celebrate Eskra centenarian's birthday thumbnailCassie Kelly, (nee Hackett), cutting the cake to mark her 100th birthday during her party, which was held in Kelly's Inn, Garvaghey.

A SPRIGHTLY Eskra woman marked her 100th birthday with a special party in Kelly's Inn, Garvaghey, at the weekend surrounded by approximately 300 family members and friends who had travelled from near and far to celebrate the milestone.

Cassie Kelly (nee Hackett) was born on March 18, 1917, in Eskra to a family from a farming background and spent her early days working hard to help out on the farm along with her other siblings, leaving school at the age of 14 to help out around the house on a more permanent basis.

A few years after leaving school, Cassie met and fell in love with William Kelly, a builder who was also from Eskra, at a ceili in a neighbour's house and they married in the early 1930s.

William and Cassie went on to have 13 children together, eight boys and five girls, however sadly one child passed away at a young age.

Although her own children have grown up and flown the nest, Cassie remains a busy woman with a total of 28 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren and if you asked her, she would say that the secret to a happy life is keeping busy and working hard.

Aside from being devoted to her family, Cassie also enjoyed hobbies such as playing cards, going to bingo, going round to other people's houses for a ceili and she was also a keen chapel-goer and never missed Mass.

In keeping with her love of socialising, Cassie celebrated her milestone birthday on Saturday with a Thanksgiving Mass in St Patrick's Church in Eskra, followed by a party in Kelly's Inn, alongside her many family members and friends.

Some of these family members travelled from the surrounding areas and others travelled over from America, Canada and England to mark the occasion.

As if that wasn't enough, the local woman also attended a birthday tea party the next day which was hosted by the parish after Mass.

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