Ireland’s oldest citizen dies aged 108

Ireland’s oldest citizen dies aged 108



Ireland’s oldest person has passed away in her 109th year.

Nora Canavan, nee Mullins, was born in Monreel, Ennistymon on March 9th, 1908.

She lived most of her life in Doolin and officially became the oldest person earlier this year following the death of 109-year-old Molly Madden from Mayo.

Nora was pre-deceased by her husband Stephen, who she married in 1920, and the couple had seven children.

Nora featured in several newspaper reports in recent years and was described as a family woman who liked crochet and gardening. She also enjoyed traditional music, had a strong faith, and said that hard work was the secret of a long life.

Her life was documented Cuimhneamh an Chláir by and Nora told Frances Madigan in 2014 that she attributed her long life to hard work and to her taking an interest in everything.

Award-winning Clare Champion photographer John Kelly spoke with Nora on her 107th birthday.

Frances Madigan’s interview with Nora Canavan and be read here.

The late Nora Canavan’s funeral arrangements are:

Reposing at her residence in St Catherine’s, Doolin, on Thursday evening from 6 o’clock to 9 o’clock.

Arriving at Doolin Church for Funeral Mass at 12 noon on Friday. Burial will take place afterwards in the Holy Rosary Cemetery, Doolin.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.