In this extract Carmel O'Reilly talks about noticing that some of her friends and acquaintances are getting old. She laughs as she remembers her that her friend once reminded her that she was no Peter Pan herself!

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Thinking of your friends now, has there every been an occasion where you’ve though “oh he’s getting old or she’s getting old” and why would you think that?

Yes I’ll tell ye, if we were at a funeral we’ll just say, or anything, any eh function, and I remember saying to my sister-in-law “isn't Ferdie” that’s my brother-in-law, Ferdinand was his name, Ferdinand McCrosel “Isn’t Ferdie gone terrible old?” and she’s say to me “go on now Peter Pan...they're saying the same about you!” “They're saying the same about you”

What made you think that he’d got old?

Well he had…cause I hadnt' seen him

But what was it...

He’d got old looking, like you know? And I'm saying to her "isn't Ferdie gone very old" Says she, "go away...go on now Peter Pan!" says she "he's probably saying the same about you!" which is true….you know

So it would be the way people look that...

yeah they’d change there appearance and that like


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Ageing, The Ageing Body



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