106-year-old Irish woman says good sense of humour is secret to her long life
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106-year-old Irish woman says good sense of humour is secret to her long life

A 100-YEAR-OLD woman has revealed the secret behind her long and happy life: a good sense of humour.

Nancy Stewart from Clonard celebrated her 106-year-old birthday this week.

The Meath woman is thought to be the oldest in Ireland still living in her own home.

Nancy put her longevity down to having a positive outlook on life – though she did also recommend staying away from cigarettes and alcohol.

"Have a good humour,” she told RTE. “Don't fight with anyone and do your job well. That's all."

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The pensioner also keeps herself busy by volunteering to help the homeless and regularly donates money to charity when she can.

"I wasn't going out shopping or drinking, so I had that money to give to the poor,” she said.

"So, they'd get a home to live with their children and that they'd be reasonably priced."

She also regularly hosts friends and neighbours for chats and cups of tea – something that may have also contributed to her long life, sharp mind and happy outlook.

There’s just one rule when it comes to tea making.

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"Having neighbours and friends in talking and having a good chat with them and a nice cup of tea - if they make it themselves," she told Midlands 103.

"If they don't, they'll just have to do. I'm able to make it because I don't want to give all those that come in the fashion of making it."

Nancy’s advice stands in stark contrast to 100-year-old Kathleen Hennings.

She celebrated her centenary earlier this month and revealed her own secret to a long and fruitful life: a daily glass of Guinness.

So, the advice is simple: have a laugh and drink plenty of Guinness.

That shouldn’t be too tricky for the Irish.