Rebecca Kingston cuts her
100th birthday cake with Lisburn Mayor
Trevor Lunn at Lisadian House.
Pic By: Aidan O'Reilly
A HILLSBOROUGH resident celebrated her 100th
birthday this week.
Miss Rebecca Kingston, who resides at
Lisadian House Nursing Home, was treated to a special birthday
celebration and Lisburn Mayor, Councillor Trevor Lunn went along
to pay his regards.
Rebecca was born on a farm in Drimoleague, Co
Cork, the eighth of 13 children.
"We had our own brown flour, potatoes,
cabbage, milk, cream and butter on the farm," said Rebecca." My
father was Samuel Kingston and I was named after my mother
Rebecca who was a Kingston even before she was married.
"When I went to school, every child at
Meenies National school was a Kingston. All Kingstons in West
Cork go back to Col. Samuel Kingston," she added.
After leaving school Rebecca worked at 'The
Corner House' - a drapery store in Skibbereen. When she was 26
she left Drimoleague to go to the Faith Mission Bible College in
"I worked initially as a Faith Mission
Pilgrim in Co. Carlow then continued in this service for a total
of 34 years in the country districts of Ireland, retiring at 60
years of age in 1966," explained Rebecca.
After retiring she lived with her two sisters
Margaret and Fan in their home in Chester Park in Bangor. After
spending time in hospital Rebecca needed a Home that provided
nursing care so she came to Lisadian in December 2005.
"I have been enjoying my time here," said
The birthday girl said she felt honoured to
receive a letter of congratulations from the Queen and one from
Mary McAleese, the President of Ireland.
"I have experienced the Lord's love and
provision for 100 years now and continue to pray that many will
put their trust in Him," she added.