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Margaret Lynch was born in Ireland on April 3rd, 1920. At the time, she was no doubt one of thousands of babies to be born in the same year. Today, she’s one of the few who have made it through 100 action-packed years to the impressive age of 100.
Born in the middle of the Irish War of Independence, Margaret had an eventful start to life. But can you imagine the many inventions you and I take for granted that she’s witnessed come into being during her lifetime? Here are a few: television, electric fridges, automatic doors, the Pacemaker, credit cards and let’s not even talk about the leaps and bounds she has seen in technology with the advent of computers and the Internet. Then there’s the important events in history she has lived to witness – World War II and the Holocaust, the first men to walk on the moon, the first heart transplant, the fight for civil rights and equality, the end of the Cold War, global warming … It’s amazing how event-filled the past century has been, and unfortunately, not all of it has been good.
More specifically relevant to Margaret’s personal life is the fact that she has the pleasure of being a great-grandmother to 28, a grandmother to 15 and a mother to six. She is also in good health, fully functional and enjoys gardening and volunteering.
What’s her secret? According to her: eating porridge and walking regularly. Simple, but effective!
On her 100th, Margaret received her centenarian bounty which is a national award made by the Irish president to citizens who have reached 100 which, let’s face it, is no mean feat. For those lucky enough to see their 101st or more, they will receive a special commemorative coin with a congratulatory letter signed by the president. There’s no better way to celebrate a century of living than to be surrounded by family and armed with a cheque of €2,540. And that’s precisely what Margaret did.
action-packed = riche en événements
eventful = mouvementé
to witness = être témoin de
leaps and bounds = à pas de géant
the advent of = l’arrivée de
event-filled = riche en événements
health = la santé
to volunteer = être bénévole
a bounty = une prime
no mean feat = ce n’es pas une mince affaire