Donegal and Ireland’s Oldest Woman Dies
Ireland’s oldest woman (sic), Annie O’Donnell (107) from Drumreagh, Kilcar, passed away on the 16th of September in the Nazareth House, Derry following a short illness.
Annie O’Donnell (née Carr) was born on December 8th, 1893 and educated at Kilcar N.S. and the Marist Convent in Carrick-on-Shannon. She attended St Mary’s Teaching College in Belfast and in 1916 she returned to Donegal to teach at Meenbanad N.S where her future husband, James (Seamus Rua) O’Donnell, was the Principal teacher.
They married in 1918 and had eight children, living in Burtonport until James’ death in 1973 when Mrs O’Donnell went to live with her daughter, Mrs Eithne McColgan.
Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Kincasslagh with burial afterwards to Belcruit cemetery. Annie is survived by her daughters Mrs Eithne McColgan (Derry), Mrs Crona Clarkson (Dublin), her sons Brendan (Naas), Kevin (Dublin) and Ciaran (Dundalk), twenty three grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Seamus Rua O Donnell from Burtonport died July 1973 aged 84
Annie O Donnell from Burtonport died September 2001 aged 108 [sic]
Kieran O Donnell from Burtonport died April 2002 aged 76