John's 100th birthday

John's 100th birthday

John's 100th birthday

Congratulations to John Ghrinne Harkin who celebrated his 100th birthday recently. He is pictured here with Fr. Denis Quinn, Naomh Fionn, Falcarragh and Mae McGee who, with her husband Seamus, are John's principle carers. Father Denis celebrated mass in John's home where he was surrounded by his closest family and friends. A great night was had by all where it was an honour to witness John's pride in the mass and in reading his letter from Mary Mc Aleese.

Born in Gortahork in 1911, a cuckoo bird he calls himself, John was an only child.

An honest, hardworking man, John has enjoyed good health all his life. He is a clever articulate man who has command of both his native Gaeilge and English and can hold his audience spellbound with stories from his life, his memory never faltering. He worked in Scotland during the war years where his first job yielded 24s a week.

He has vivid memories of going to school during the war years and in particular the day the British Soldiers came into the classroom searching for hidden weapons and smashing open the cupboard which were of course empty.

He has seen many changes, economically, technologically and socially, lived through two world wars, but went with the flow in his own modest way. I'm sure he could sort out the country's current economic situation if allowed!

He gets great pleasure from watching television especially football, horse-racing and news programmes. He also enjoys his bosca snaoisn "snuff". Well done to Mae Seamus and their extended families who won't accept any praise and look upon it as an honour to be in his company.

Go mairfidh d shlinte mhaith a John.

Grace Deeney.