Olivia Breen nee Dier, is the oldest person in Ireland. She was born 3rd October 1901 and currently resides in Montenotte Choice in Cork.
She was born in Clonroche Co Wexford into an Anglo Irish Protestant family. Her father Jamer Dier was born in 1857 and farmed a 200 acre farm in the village of Clonroche. During British Rule pre independence, James Dier was a Justice of the Peace in Clonroche.
She had four brothers and one sister. One of her brothers, Richard died in the Battle of the Somme. Another brother John qualified as a doctor in the College of Surgeons Dublin and also at Edinburgh University.
Belated wishes are extended to a former Clonroche resident who celebrated her 109th birthday in early October. Olivia Breen nee Dier was born in 1901 lived in Clonroche and received her early education in Clonroche National School.
As you can imagine a lot of changes have taken place throughout her life, in Clonroche, in Ireland and all over the world, including World Wars 1 and 2. Mrs Breen now resides in Co. Cork.
September 20 2011