Sally: 105 years young

March 10, 2014

Newry woman, Sarah ‘Sally’ Brady received a surprise visit from Mayor Michael Ruane, who presented her with a bouquet of flowers on the occasion of her 105th birthday last week.

Mayor Ruane dropped by Sally’s Dominic Street home on Friday to hand-deliver the blooms on behalf of Newry and Mourne District Council.

As part of the landmark birthday celebrations, the plucky centenarian made a trip to Stormont with her son, Sinn Féin MLA Mickey, and met with Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness.  Mr McGuinness later tweeted of the occasion to his 26,400 followers: ‘Lovely visit today with my friends Mrs Sally Brady & her son Mickey MLA Newry/Armagh on her 105th birthday. Xo’.

Born Sarah Finnegan on March 3rd 1909 in Ballybot, she attended St. Joseph’s Primary School before going to work in Bessbrook and later in Daisy Hill Hospital.

Sally married Willie Brady in June 1939 and the couple lived in England until the outbreak of World War II prompted them to return to Newry where they raised their two sons and three daughters.

Widowed in 1985, she also mourned the passing of her eldest son Jim in 1998.

Blessed with good health, Sally continues to remain active, is a keen reader and an excellent conversationalist.