Bet worth losing to live for 100 years
IT is a bet that 100-year-old Con McLaughlin is only too happy to lose. The retired school teacher owes his surgeon €10 after admitting last year he was afraid he wouldn't see his next birthday following major surgery for bowel cancer.
But his surgeon was so confident he placed a tongue-in-cheek bet with him. "I owe the man €10 because we each bet €5. . . he is not stuck for a few bob, though," Mr McLaughlin laughed at his home in Drogheda, Co Louth, yesterday.
He is now going to design a special €10 note and his doctor is going to frame it and hang it up in his office, "to prove to people that you shouldn't write somebody off because of their age".
Mr McLaughlin had the surgery in March and spent five months in St James's Hospital, Dublin. However, he was discharged just in time to celebrate his centenary on August 28.
He attributes his good health, to "love, it is the mainstay of anybody's life". However, he admitted to a tipple of Jameson whiskey "before dinner each day".