Twins celebrate 90th birthday

LOCAL twins Pete Keenan and Vera Matthews celebrated their 90th birthday with 127 guests at a special birthday party in Carlingford.

LOCAL twins Pete Keenan and Vera Matthews celebrated their 90th birthday with 127 guests at a special birthday party in Carlingford.

The brother and sister from Aghameen, Riverstown were surrounded by family and friends who gathered to mark their milestone birthday on Saturday, April 14.

The unusual birthday party was held in The Four Seasons Hotel where they had food, cake and a night of entertainment including singing and dancing.

“They really enjoyed their night. There was a great turn out for it and everyone had a great time,” said Vera’s daughter, Vera Malone.

“Local singer, Frank McCann, sang on the night and there was set dancing by Michael and Kathleen McGlynn. The other guests sang as well.”

Vera added: “It is fantastic to see them in such good health at their age. My mother is a keen gardener all her life and loves bingo. She also goes to the Day Care Centre in Carlingford every Tuesday.

“The staff in the Day Care Centre are fantastic. She really enjoys her time there. It’s a great social oulet for her and for all of the other people who use the Centre.”

Pete and Vera’s actual 90th birthday took place yesterday (Monday, April 16). Pete and Vera were born to parents Peter and Bridget Keenan in 1922.

Their two older sisters, Molly and Alice, are deceased. However, their younger brother, Owen, lives in Dublin.Pete stayed on at the family farm in Riverstown and married the late Etta Keenan (nee Hynes). They had two children, Martin and Margaret.

Meanwhile, Vera moved to Boston in the United States and married Newry man, Bernard Matthews, who is now deceased. They had two sons in America, Brian, and Pete (who sadly died in recent years).

The couple returned to Ireland and settled for a time in the North where they had two daughters, Vera (Malone) and Margaret (O’Hare).

They then moved to Fr Murray Park in Dundalk. However, Vera has since returned to Castletowncooley where she currently lives with her daughter, Vera.