James first lo­cal in liv­ing me­mory to hit 100

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Der­mot Ryan

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

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