Saturday 17 August 2019

Pat has 100 reasons to be happy as he celebrates big birthday

Pat Kelly celebrates with some of his nieces and nephews
Pat Kelly celebrates with some of his nieces and nephews

David Looby

Pat Kelly joined the century club in style when he was presented with a cheque from President Michael D Higgins on the occasion of his big birthday at New Ross Community Hospital.

Born on June 29, 1919, in Ballinabarna, Ballywilliam, Pat has lived through incredible changes in Ireland and throughout the world and everyone who has the good fortune to meet him can get a great insight into the past as his mind is still razor sharp.

Pat's nephews, nieces, neighbours and friends joined him in New Ross Community Hospital for his party, where family friend Fr Eddie Aughney presented him with a cheque for €2,540 from President Higgins.

Pat worked as a farmer all his life alongside his brother John, who passed away in 2000.

A home bird, Pat lived on his own up until earlier this year when he moved into New Ross Community Hospital where he is getting on great with his fellow residents.

Although his body isn't what it was when he worked the fields of Ballinabarna, he can recall life 50, 60, 70, 80 years ago perfectly, and has often shared stories of cutting the corn with the binder and TVO tractor.

His nephew John Boland said: 'He enjoyed the party very much. He cut the cake and enjoyed catching up with us all. He is happy and well cared for in the community hospital.' He attributes Pat's good health to a good diet and plenty of fresh air working outdoors.

New Ross Standard