Cavan's oldest man reveals his secret
THE secret to a long life is hard work and porridge.
Michael Fitzsimmons was given the honorary title of 'Cavan's oldest man' by family and friends as he celebrated his 105th birthday.
Mr Fitzsimmons, from Knockateggart, Stradone, was divulging a few tips on longevity as he enjoyed the day at The Lavey Inn, Cavan.
The secret is hard work, porridge, riding his bicycle until the age of 100 and not taking any holidays in the past 105 years, quipped the jovial birthday boy.
"He rode the bicycle all his life up until 100... then we had to let the wind out of the tyres," his son Michael junior joked. "He received the President's Bounty when he turned 100 and he was delighted with that."
Mr Fitzsimmons, who was a builder and renovator, turned 105 on Tuesday, February 23. The party was held a few days later for 70 friends and family.
The number of people living to over 100 has been increasing. Every Irish citizen receives a letter from the President and the Centenarian's Bounty, around €2,540, as they celebrate their 100th birthday. Earlier this year, Bride O'Neill, from near Fermoy in Co Cork, believed to have been Ireland's oldest living resident, died just a few weeks short of her 108th birthday.