By Sharon Collins
Mary O’Sullivan was born in Bantry, Co Cork in 1916 and her late husband Dan was from Kerry. Mary moved to London as a teenager where she worked in service in a family home in Northwood.
Mary and Dan lived in Harrow all of their married life and had three daughters, Ann, Eileen, and Margaret who have given her five grandchildren and they, in turn, have given her five great grandchildren.
Dan died a year ago but was remembered by his wife, daughters and many family members and friends who travelled to London to celebrate her centenary with her…and, by extension, the Queen.
Share your family stories and photos
1916 may traditionally have meant more to your parents or grandparents but the centenary retrospective offers all of us an opportunity to reflect on what Ireland is today and what it means to many of us.
Virtually every Irish family has some 1916 tale that’s often been handed down by parents and grandparents and we would like Irish World readers to send in theirs.
It doesn’t have to be just about The Rising or The Battle of the Somme and if there is someone in your family who has passed but would have been a hundred this year please send in a photograph and some details.
Similarly, if you have a family member who has become, or will be, a hundred years old (a centenarian) we want to hear from you as part of our own Irish World readers’ contribution to commemorating 1916.