This is how I want to live for the rest of my life!
AT 99 YEARS of age, Molly Brannigan – Mrs Brannigan to those of us who are strangers to the Tipperary great-grandmother – has her daily routine down pat.
Awake and rise between 7.30am and 8am; turn on the range in her cosy kitchen; prepare a simple breakfast of homemade bread and jam, accompanied by an egg just plucked from beneath a hen; begin the day’s work at her family farm.
Later on, she’ll have dinner – meat, potato, a vegetable – before thumbing through Ireland’s Own, or the day’s newspaper.
She will turn 100 on New Year’s Day, when her family will gather to hold a mass in her honour. She’s not a woman with time for fuss, and her 100th birthday is just another way to mark a year gone by.
Working with her on the family farm are her son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Patricia Brannigan, and their son Conor. Together, they run Rodeen Meat and Poultry, raising free-range hens, turkeys, ducks, geese and pigs.
Under Mrs Brannigan’s guidance, they feed the animals real food (such as kale and barley), allow them to roam the land and enjoy their farm lives.