Bittersweet birthday bash for oldest man with Down’s syndrome as family forced to miss his 76th – Belfast Telegraph

George McCullagh with his sisters pre-lockdown


For the first time in 76 years George McCullagh, the oldest living person in the UK and Ireland with Down’s syndrome, has celebrated a birthday without his family.

But the resident of Marina Care Home in Ballyronan was still in great form as staff pulled out all the stops to mark his special occasion.

Born on June 1, 1944, his parents Mary Elizabeth and William George McCullagh were told their son wasn’t expected to live beyond his teenage years.

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