James first local in living memory to hit 100
Happy 100th birthday, Michael James Arnopp.
He is believed to be the first Kinsale man, in living memory, to hit the century.
Family and friends were joined at Kinsale Community Hospital by the County Mayor Declan Hurley who presented, on behalf of President Michael D Higgins, the “centenarian bounty”.
Michael was able to recall many of the events he had witnessed during his long life and how Kinsale had changed so much during his lifetime.
His family, along with Kinsale Altrusa and the hospital staff, provided the refresh- ments for the huge crowd that turned up to wish him well.
Michael Ahern’s music, meanwhile set the scene for the centenarian’s party piece, the Kinsale “anthem” The Old
Holy Stone which has always been the centenarian’s favourite song and he sang it word perfect as usual.
Born on May 2, 1918, Michael Arnopp lived in Church square which is now the Sea Garden just outside the entrance gates to Saint Multose Church.
Shortly afterwards, his family moved to Higher Street and lived there until Michael entered the Kinsale Community Hospital last July.
He married Alicia in 1958 and had three daugh ers, Sarah, Hilary and Catherine who all live in Kinsale. He was a butcher for most of his life but later worked in Dowd’s bakery on the ovens until retirement.His lifetime interest was vegetable gardening and his motto was ‘You can’t eat flowers’.
He was also a very good accordion player and singer, especially well known to the patrons of “Pa’s” in the Glen and was also a member of the Kinsale Dance Orchestra along with Paddy Madden and Jackie Maher.
Michael survived the crowds and congratulations to look as fresh as ever at the end of a long and perfect day.
Michael James Arnopp celebrates reaching 100 with his family