FAMILY and friends travelled from near and afar to celebrate with Eileen McEvoy who celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday.
Eileen was born and reared at 11 High Street and was the daughter of John Murphy and Bridget Broderick. She was the youngest of scven children.
She married Paddy McEvoy, a teacher with the Christian Brothers and they went on to have their own family - Mary, Vicky, Paddy, Assumpta and Gabriel. The couple started out living in ThreeCastles and then moved to Banim Terrace where they lived for 17 years.
EEileen was the mascot for basketball team at the Loretto she she was renowned for having the best shot. She was also one of the best dancers in the school and as a youngster had dreams of becoming a ballerina. Eileen is still renowned for her exquisite sense of style and bought a fur coat using her first pay cheque.
Before getting married Eileen worked in the family drapery at the Woollen Mills on High Street. “She had a nice life growing up, They used to go to the Atlantic Hotel in Tramore on their holidays,” her daughter Vicky said.
Eileen met her husband at St Marys Choir when she was 26 and he was 27 and the couple married in 1939.
“One day he cycled to Tramore and went for a swim and cycled back for a date at 8pm,” said Vicky.
Eileen ran a clothes shop, Apparel in Irish town for a number of years and the family lived in Vicar Street.
After the couple retired they moved to Clonmel in their sixties where their daughters Assumpta and Vicky live, her son Paddy also lived nearby in Fethard. “They moved to be able to spend more time with their children and grandchildren and they loved their garden,” added Vicky. Paddy passed away at the age of 82 and in 1999 amoved to Drakelands Nursing Home.
Eileen is still very active and participates in all the exercise classes at Drakelands Nursing Home. “Her favourite thing in the whole world is for someone to sit down and have a chat with her,”said Mary O’Carroll who is a friend of Eileens and who has worked at Drakelands since 1999.
“She is a very religious woman and we have Mass every Monday at 2pm and she helps to set uo the altar.
John McGuinness attended the party on Saturday - his mother the late Ita Murphy is a first cousin of Eileen’s.
“Eileen is always smiling and laughing and makes friends very easily. She is very caring and still enjoys life and takes part in the activities here,” said Mary adding that Eileen was also partial to the occasional tipple of holy wine - Buckfast which she believes is a good tonic.