Buncrana resident Brigid Clafferty has just celebrated a very special 100th birthday.

Brigid and her incredible extended family tree were able to get together to celebrate the family matriarch.

Married to her husband James Clafferty, together they had 8 children.

The family tree kept going though, with Brigid also having 16 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren!

She moved from a rural farm at 15 to work and live at the Swilly Hotel, before becoming the long-time cook at the Faulat factory for 23 years, directly opposite her home on the Lower Main Street in Buncrana.

She then worked at the White Strand Hotel until her retirement.

Brigid’s beautiful birthday cake at her party yesterday

Brigid was able to keep active for some time, often being seen around town on her black bicycle until she entered her eighties.

According to Brigid, she says the secret to life is hard work, good natural food and having very little alcohol.

Keeping active, her family say Brigid still pops out to the hairdressers and is very stylish.

She loves going out for lunch with her family, and watching sport – especially the GAA – and being surrounded by all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A happy 100th birthday to you Brigid!