DROGHEDA’S oldest citizen, 100-year-old Joe Faulkner, Windmill Road, died last week. Mr. Faulkner, who only last August celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends, was one of Drogheda’s best loved characters. Mr. Faulkner, who was hail and hearty all his life and who had a very full and active lifestyle for his age, was found dead in his home on Wedesday morning. Always the popular character, Mr. Faulkner delighted everyone at his 100th birthday party at the rugby club recently when he danced a few jigs and reels.
Indeed, he had always been a noted and skillful traditional ceili dancer and the fact that he reached his century did not deter him from one of his favourite activities.
Mr. Faulkner resided at his Windmill Road home for the past 74 years under the caring and watchful eyes of his family.
In an interview not long before his death he attributed his robust good health to his love of dancing, cycling and walking.
Mr. Faulkner’s wife Mary died in 1965. They had eleven children, three of whom Mary, Joseph and George predeceased him.
Jack, the eldest, at 75, lives at Bothar Brugha, Paddy in Navan, Peter in Middlesboro, England, Kevin in Plattin Road, Brendan at Forest Grange, Peggy on Windmill Road and Bridie McKenny in Marian Park.