South Derry woman Mary Rogan, who celebrated her 104th birthday yesterday, believes a good cup of tea and plenty of it is the recipe to a long life.
Mary, who has been a resident in Magherafelt Nursing Home for the past four years, was born at Creagh Road, near Toome, on September 1 1912.
She was a daughter of Mary and Barney McPeake and had a twin sister, Ginny, who is now deceased.
There were nine in the McPeake family and Mary went on to attend Anahorish Primary School on the Hillhead Road.
On leaving school she went straight to work in the factory at Castledawson, where she spent her working life and met her future husband John Rogan.
The couple had no children and John passed away 40 years ago.
Mary is fiercely independent and lived on her own after her husband’s death. S
She enjoyed driving to the shops and friends houses right on into her 90s.
Nephews and other family friends joined Mary at her 104th birthday in nursing home when she had the opportunity to enjoy her other love in life “a bit of banter”.