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Longevity

Longevity in Sliabh Luachra
Sliabh Luachra hit the headlines in the 1960s for reasons other than its music and culture. An eminent Irish-American Pathologist Dr Albert E. Casey discovered that the people of Sliabh Luachra have a longer lifespan than any other in Ireland if not in the world, and the men had a longer lifespan than the women, this despite having a diet that consisted of plenty milk, fat bacon, eggs, and the men folk drinking many pints of porter. In a paper to the learned International Academy of Pathology in San Francisco Dr Casey concluded that the reason for their long lifespan was peace of mind, no stress, helped by fresh air, the closeness of the bogs, which are noted for the preservative power.
While there was a decline in Irish traditional music in the first part of the 20th century, this decline did not effect Sliabh Luachra and the old authentic music, traditions, and culture, of the area with their cultural roots in our remote past, continued to be passed down as it was over the centuries, and we must ensure that that link is not broken and that the living traditions are passed on intact and unchanged to future generations.

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