Laid-back centenarian Thomas Cooney attributes his longevity to never worrying about anything, eating a raw egg and bowl of porridge daily, and reading the Irish Independent every morning.
Speaking as his 100th birthday party was in full swing at the Abbot Close Nursing Home in Askeaton, Co Limerick, yesterday, Mr Cooney's daughter, Dr Catriona Corrigan, said her father was probably one of the country's oldest and most loyal readers of this newspaper who has never missed his daily "Indo".
"It was like a religion for him," said Dr Corrigan (57), who cannot recall a day in her life when he hadn't read the paper.
Mr Cooney, who has 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, left school at 14 to work on a farm and went on to raise six children, all of whom completed third-level education.
Growing up barefoot and in abject poverty in Co Clare as the youngest of nine children didn't stop him from educating himself and buying his own dairy farm, which he still visits every day.
Mr Cooney got a €2,500 cheque in honour of his 100th birthday, courtesy of President Higgins.