94th birthday bash for NI twins

Published Wednesday, 24 July 2013
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Two Co Londonderry ladies could be Northern Ireland's oldest twins, celebrating their 94th birthdays.

Maggie Taylor and May O'Neill joined their family for a birthday bash in Magherafelt, enjoying the day with their four children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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

"They're always very witty, enjoy company, enjoy life," Maggie's son John told UTV.

"They like a game of bingo, like partying, they like a day at the seaside. They never grew old - they always stayed young."

I'm hoping I'll see 100 and that'll be a bigger celebration!

Mary O'Neill

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

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

Magherafelt can also boast the tallest twins in the UK - the Knipe brothers born in the town in 1761 and both measuring 7ft 2ins.

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7 Comments
cara in Crossgar wrote (273 days ago):
Happy Birthday to Maggie and May, they both look amazing. I think I will start eating porride now for my breakfast.
Walter Crawford in Magherafelt wrote (273 days ago):
Two of the nicest Ladies one could wish to meet - always in good spirits. Happy birthday Ladies and hope you have many more to come.
Roy in Bangor wrote (273 days ago):
Watched the newsreel, what a lovely couple,god bless them both. And many more years, at last a good story for a change. Roy, Bangor
Magherafelt in Magherafelt wrote (273 days ago):
You could not meet nicer ladies.may they have many more birthdays and e njoy good henalth.
Housewife in Co. Londonderry wrote (273 days ago):
Stories like this always make me smile!! Happy Birthday ladies!! Hope to see you both on here for your 100th!!
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