Congratulations and best wishes to a Milford woman, Mrs. Grace Coyle, who lives in Lough Road, is celebrating her 101st birthday this weekend. Born on April 2nd 1910, she lives in the family home with her son Hugh and her two daughters, Máire and Nóra Coyle. Mrs. Coyle, who has lived through Two World Wars, and the Easter Rising has witnessed many recessions throughout her life.
Grace (née Doherty)is originally from Gaoth Dobhair and was born in Sheskinbeg. The youngest of a family of three, she is a daughter of the late Johnny Charlie Owen Doherty, and his wife, Nuala (née Gillespie), Sheskinbeg. Her mother, Nuala died when Grace was aged only eleven years, and her father took on the task of rearing the family. She is the last surviving member of her family, having been predeceased by her brother, Eddie and sister, Hannah Johnny Charlie.
Grace Coyle spent most of her life working in hotels. Her first job as a teenager was working in Eddie Jimmy Hiudaí’s home in Dunlewey. Later she worked at the Rosepenna Hotel, Carrigart Hotel, and other hotels throughout the county. It was while working in the Carrigart Hotel, that she met her future husband, Paddy Coyle, Milford. He worked with the Milford Flower Mills and he travelled throughout the county. He passed away after an illness in June 1975. The couple lived and reared the family in a two story house on the Main Street in Milford. Eight years ago the family moved to live in their newly built bungalow located in Lough Road.
She is a much travelled lady, and she visited areas like, Lourdes, Fatima, as well as locations in Scotland, England and mainland Europe. She is widely known as an excellent cook. In former years she was an expert at making Christmas cakes, with icing and all decorations that went with it.
Her main past time is listing to music, and her favourite singer is Daniel O’Donnell, whom she met on a number of occasions. Last year he telephoned her to congarulate her on her 100th birthday.
She has a family of three daughters and a son. Her daughters, Máire and Nóra and son Hugh living with her in Lough Road. Another daughter, Nuala, is married to Jim Barker and they live in Rathmullan.