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Peg playing the mouth organ at 100 years young

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REACHING her 100th birthday is a major achievement in itself, but being healthy enough in mind and body to still play the mouth organ is another thing altogether.

The third youngest of nine children, Peg Morgan was born to parents Mary and Patrick on June 1, 1920 in Clonderlaw, Kilmurry McMahon.

She attended Coolmeen National School before returning home to marry in Kilmurry McMahon.

Speaking to Mike McCartney on RTE Radio One’s Drivetime, Peg attributed her long life to living without worry.

“I don’t worry at all. I sing away for myself to pass away the day,” she said.

Members of Inis Cathaigh Kilrush Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann visited Peg and played a few tunes for her birthday:

Inis Cathaigh Kilrush Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann provide the tunes for Peg’s birthday celebrations . Video courtesy of Áine ní Aodha

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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