Hard Work and Black Bush

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William   McCrea lived half way down the hill and in to the right on a small   farm-holding of around 3 acres. He died in 1928 at the amazing age of 109,   and had lived there all his life. Newspapers in 1926 reported that, although   he was blind, he had a wonderful retentive memory and still enjoyed a glass   of good whiskey and a pipe. He could recall the ‘Night of the Big Wind’ in   January 1839 which blew the roof off his house and caused great damage   throughout the country. When interviewed by another newspaper he attributed   his long life to hard work and Black Bush. This resulted in the Bushmills   company sending him two bottles of whiskey. This picture of William was taken   outside Vallely’s pub at Ardress.
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