Video: Magherafelt twins turn 94

MAGHERAFELT twins Maggie Taylor and Mary O’Neill were partying with their family and friends last week as they celebrated their 94th Birthday.

The sisters were joined for the celebrations by their four children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Happy and smiling are N. Ireland's oldest Twins Maggie Taylor and Mary O'Neill, from Magherafelt, who recently celebrated their 94th birthday. INMM3113-194ar.

Happy and smiling are N. Ireland's oldest Twins Maggie Taylor and Mary O'Neill, from Magherafelt, who recently celebrated their 94th birthday. INMM3113-194ar.

It might have been a belated celebration, as Mary was under the weather for their actual birthday in May, but they were delighted nonetheless.

The women also have something else to celebrate as it is believed they are Northern Ireland’s oldest living twins.

Magherafelt has as reputation for famous twins as the tallest twins in the UK, the Knipe brothers who were born in the town in 1761, both measuring 7ft 2ins.

Maggie and Mary put their long life down to a good breakfast of porridge, no smoking or drinking, and no powder or paint as they call it.

Maggie is the oldest by just half an hour and even their parents had trouble telling them apart. They have always lived near each other and have been the best of friends all their lives.

Mary said she was hoping to see her 100th Birthday as that would be an even bigger celebration.

The women told the MAIL that they have always been very close and very friendly. Maggie said: “We used to go out on bicycles together every Sunday to the Lough. We’ve always been great friends as well as sisters.”

Mary joked about their new found fame following appearance on UTV news last week. She told the MAIL: “It’s great to be famous.”

Maggie’s son John said: “They’re always very witty, enjoy company, enjoy life. They like a game of bingo, like partying, they like a day at the seaside. They never grew old.”