Irene in the frame at 100

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Londonderry woman Irene Blair recently celebrated a very special birthday surrounded by her family and friends.

She turned 100 on Sunday May 3, and marked the occasion with a party at the Everglades Hotel in the city.

Mrs Blair (nee Hamilton) was the youngest of seven children and grew up on the family farm a few miles outside the city, at Galliagh, Co Londonderry.

A keen horse woman, she competed at the Londonderry Show with her Hackney pony, Fury. During the war years she remembers travelling into the city with the pony and trap to get messages.

As a young girl, she picked bunches of snowdrops, packed them in boxes and left them at the station to be taken to London for Covent Gardens flower market the next day.

In later years Mrs Blair was a keen member of Ballmagroarty Women’s Institute. On Wednesday May 6, former members had an afternoon tea party for her and past members, and it was an afternoon she thoroughly enjoyed. A great gardener, she enjoyed flower arrangements and entered different flower shows, winning many times. She particularly enjoyed making wedding bouquets. A member of the Horticultural Society, she was thrilled to receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers with a card from them for her 100th birthday.

Another hobby that Irene enjoyed was painting, and over the years her family and friends have been on the receiving end of some of her lovely paintings as gifts to appreciate in their own homes.

We would like to take the opportunity to wish Irene a very happy birthday and congratulate her on this wonderful milestone in her life.