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Ireland's 'oldest woman' dies in her sleep months after celebrating 110th birthday

Maud Nicholl celebrating her 110th birthday with family and friends at Glenkeen Nursing Home in Randalstown in July. Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

IRELAND'S 'oldest woman' has passed away just months after celebrating her 110th birthday.

Maud Nicholl, a former bank worker, died at Glenkeen House care home in Randalstown, Co Antrim, a few miles from where she was born in Ballymena in 1909.

Ms Nicholl, who never married, said her long life "was always quite happy and I never worried too much".

Among her tips for longevity were "just do the best you can every day and trust in God" and also "no smoking, no drinking and… no men".

Maud Nicholl, thought to be Ireland's oldest woman, has died at the age of 110. Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

In a statement Glenkeen said Miss Nicholl, who passed away in her sleep, "was an inspiration to many and only moved into the care home setting prior to Christmas last year".

"We celebrated her birthday on 3rd July this year and enjoyed her holding court at that very special event.

"Maud loved to share stories of her life, particularly her childhood and was always full of joy. Maud had a sharp wit, a twinkle in her eye and a penchant for straight talking. Her love of singing, good craic and her pleasant nature will all be long remembered by the staff in Glenkeen."

Miss Nicholl had lived in her own two bedroom house until moving into the home last year after a fall.

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