Hundreds of locals parade past Irish woman's house on 100th birthday

Hundreds of locals parade past Irish woman’s house in a convoy to celebrate her 100th birthday on tiny island after Covid restrictions ruined her party plans

  • Ellen Fadian celebrated her 100th birthday on the Irish isle of Achill 
  • The centenarian was unable to hold a big celebration due to Covid restrictions
  • Neighbours organised a festive convoy with over 100 cars to drive past her home

A parade of locals on a small Irish island celebrated a woman’s 100th birthday with a huge festive convoy outside her house.

Ellen Fadian was unable to have a party because of coronavirus restrictions but her neighbours made sure she still had a special day to mark the milestone.

She has spent her whole life living in Dooagh, on Achill, an isle on the west of Ireland.

A parade of locals on a small Irish island celebrated Ellen Fadian’s 100th birthday with a huge festive convoy outside her house

Friends and neighbours dressed up in Christmas outfits and played music outside her front door

A convoy of more than 100 cars gathered to wish Ellen a happy birthday after her birthday plans were adapted for Covid

Her friends and neighbours decided to rally together for the special occasion and treat her to a socially distanced celebration.

They organised a huge procession of more than 100 cars to drive past her house and wish her a happy birthday.

A team of bagpipers led the procession before the cars drove past, with drivers waving flags and honking their horns.

Sean Molloy, 50, who filmed the event, said: ‘She’s reared her whole family in the village, she’s lived here all her life. That’s where she was born, in that house.

Her friends and neighbours decided to rally together for the special occasion to celebrate in a unique way

She has spent her whole life living in Dooagh, on Achill, an isle on the west of Ireland

Ellen celebrated the massive milestone but was unable to have a big party because of coronavirus restrictions

They organised a huge procession of more than 100 cars to drive past her house and wish her a happy birthday

‘It was a very important day for the village to recognise it, but we can’t have celebrations like everywhere else, so some members of the village organised a drive by for her birthday.

‘I would say there was about 130 cars and most cars were full of children and everything, there must have been 4-500 people all together.

‘I enjoyed it, it was an amazing scene – especially in the day, every place in Europe was getting bad news yesterday and we were no different here, but it was a little light of joy in what would otherwise have been a fairly depressing Christmas.

‘I can’t believe all the shares and messages that have been coming in from all over the world, this was a small glimmer of joys in peoples lives.’

Sean Molloy, 50, who filmed the event, said around 130 cars joined in with the procession in front of her house

Ms Fadian was born in the same house she has now lived in for 100 years

Mr Molloy said: ‘I can’t believe all the shares and messages that have been coming in from all over the world, this was a small glimmer of joys in peoples lives’

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