Monday 21 October 2019

Yoga, painting and dance... how Eugene (103) lives life to the full

Cathy Lee

Cork man Eugene O'Riordan, who is fond of poetry recital as well as art, yoga and dance celebrated turning 103 years of age among friends at IPOH restaurant in Gorey on Friday, April 5. Eugene is a very well-liked resident at the Middletown House Retirement Village in Ardamine, Gorey and he was born on April 7 1916, coming to Gorey later in life after travelling the world.

During a speech around the dinner table, he said to his fellow residents that 'You are all a great example of what good neighbours should be like'. He added that he hopes to see them all again next year for his next birthday.

From Macroom in Cork, Eugene still remembers hearing shooting around 1922. The former Engineer moved to Ardamine in recent years to be near family, and he always lives life to the fullest enjoying yoga, poetry, art, dance, history and politics at the retirement village where he lives. Eugene has previously been honoured by the North Wexford Historical Society with honourary membership, marking his centenary year in 2016. With an interest in politics, Eugene had a lot of involvement with the Macroom Historical Society before coming to Gorey. He also played a key role in the starting up of the credit union movement in Ireland as a founding member.

Over the weekend he celebrated among family and friends at Courtown Golf Club and he is a great grandfather to 48 great grand children and grandfather to 24 grand children. Eugene has seven children, Mary, Veronica, Shiela, Seán, Anne, Patricia and Kathleen and he is pre deceased by his wife Margaret Gascoine.

Gorey Guardian