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104 year old Mayo native recovers from Covid-19

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HALE AND HEARTY Westport native Mae Dunne.


Michael Gallagher

A 104-year-old Westport woman is looking forward to a great summer after defeating Covid. Long-time resident of Chester in England, Mae Dunne (nee Williams) contracted the deadly virus in January, but is now hale and hearty again.
“She’s an amazing woman with a great attitude to life. It must be something in the water over there in Westport and Louisburgh,” Mae’s youngest son, Peter, told The Mayo News.
“She caught Covid in early January, shortly after her first vaccination. A visiting nurse noted her oxygen levels were very low and she was taken to hospital. She was confirmed as Covid positive and sent back home, where my sister had been visiting, so they isolated for ten days. After this, myself and my brother took turns looking after her at our houses, before she was well enough to go back home here in Chester. She was weak and poorly at first, but recovered remarkably quickly. She is sad about the impact Covid is having on the community, but with a supportive group of family, friends and neighbours she is getting through this more easily,” Peter added.
Mae, christened Mary Bridget Williams was born in Westport on April 1, 1917 to Nora Hastings from Drummin and Louisburgh man John Williams. They had met and married a few years earlier in Boston before moving back to Ireland shortly afterwards to settle in Peter Street, Westport.
John worked as a gardener for Lord Sligo at Westport House and from the age of three or four Mae was brought up in Cross, Killeen just outside Louisburgh in the home of her grandmother and uncle, Patrick Williams.
She emigrated to England and worked in various jobs in the hotel industry in Leeds, Coventry and then Chester where she met John Joseph Dunne from Laois. They married and had five children, John, Michael, Maureen, Patrick and Peter before John Joseph passed away in 1998.
Mae never forgot her Mayo roots and is well remembered by friends and family in both Westport and Louisburgh. Her sister, the late Bridget Williams was brought up in Peter Street before moving to St Mary’s Crescent and caring for her parents until their deaths. She worked as a supervisor at The Irish Sewing Company on Altamont Street until her retirement in 1982.
Mae is now once again in great form in her home in Chester and looking to enjoy a happy and healthy summer with her children, grandchildren and four wonderful great-grand-children. There may indeed be something special in the water in west Mayo.

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