Irish 104-year-old claims hot toddy before bed is secret to a long life
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Irish 104-year-old claims hot toddy before bed is secret to a long life

A HOT TODDY before bed is the key to a long life, according to an Irish woman in Manchester who has just turned 104.

Great-grandmother Maggie O’Malley celebrated her 104th birthday on February 13, with her daughter Mary and friends in the community.

Born in 1916 near Lahardane in Co. Mayo, Maggie first came to England in 1951 when she was 35 years old.

She made her home in Manchester, having worked in Crossmolina and Ballina before leaving Ireland.

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Birthday girl Maggie O'Malley celebrates her 104th birthday with her daughter Mary Loughlin (Pictures: Kevin Gallagher)

As time went on Maggie married and raised a family in Manchester, but sadly lost her son when he was just 30 years old.

Her husband passed away 15 years ago, but her daughter Mary Loughlin remains a constant companion – along with her seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.