Irish centenarian celebrates 100th birthday with drive-by party in Cavan

Irish centenarian celebrates 100th birthday with drive-by party in Cavan

AN ATHLONE native who turned 100 years old this week celebrated his milestone birthday with a drive-by party attended by friends, family and neighbours.

Arthur Saunders was born on 20 November, 1920, the middle of the Irish War of Independence, and has lived through some of the most momentous parts in Ireland's history.

Now, like all of us, he's living through the global Covid-19 pandemic, with all the life-altering restrictions it brings-- but his friends and family ensured the centenarian got to mark the occasion by organising a socially distanced drive-by celebration.

Dozens of friends, family, and even the local Gardaí passed by to wish the Athlone native well, and he took it all in his stride, sipping a pint as he watched the community pass by his door.

Some more pictures of Mullagh's oldest resident Arthur Saunders as he celebrates his 100th year... Surrounded by emotional family and friends.

All finished off with a pint and cake.

Posted by Northern Sound FM on Friday, 20 November 2020

Mr Saunders moved to Mullagh, County Cavan a number of years ago and quickly became a much-loved member of the community, with neighbour Liz Byrne telling RTÉ News "the whole of Mullagh loves him, he's unbelievable".

One of his seven grandchildren, Julie Brady, said the turnout showed "that everyone realises how much of a legend my grandad is".

'Legend' Arthur Sanders told the national broadcaster that while he appreciated the drive-by party, he is looking forward to the pandemic coming to an end so that he can have a pint in his local, "have a bit of a jump around and pick up someone".

And as for his secret to a long life, the 100-year-old advised: "Live your life and don't hate anyone.

"Get on with people and socialise-- I don't think I ever had a row or an argument with anyone in my life."