1998 – Bridget Dirrane, who was imprisoned with Kevin Barry and who canvassed for John F. Kennedy in the United States, celebrates her 104th birthday with news that she is to be featured in the new edition of the Guinness Book of Records.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

‘My legacy won’t be riches. What I will leave is the sunshine to the flowers, honey to the bees, the moon above in the heavens for all those in love, and my beloved Aran Islands to the seas. –Bridget Dirrane

Bridget Dirrane who died on New Years Eve 2003 at the age of 109, was Irelands second oldest person. She was a woman with a colourful history and a successful career in nursing at home and abroad. Having lived through two world wars, the founding of the Irish State, seven popes and the introduction of cars and the aeroplane, she penned a biography when she was 103, entitled ‘A Woman of Aran’.

Born on Inis Mor on the Aran Islands in 1894, the youngest of eight, Bridget Dirrane (ne Gillan) counted Padraig Pearse, Maud Gonne, Countess Markievicz and other 1916 Revolutionaries among her acquaintances. In an interview with World of…

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