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107 Year Old Irish Farmer Reflects on Change, 1965

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It has been a while since I shared an old video of Ireland, and I thought it was about time I did. This is a wonderful video from 1965 and

This guy was amazingly healthy for 107 years old. His mind was still working incredibly well. It’s crazy to think that someone can live so long and still be this alert and clear-headed. You can learn more about the video below or watch it. Enjoy 


If you are wondering what the president’s bounty is after watching this, it is on your 100th birthday; you receive a letter and €2,540 from the President as part of the Centenarian Bounty. On each subsequent birthday, you receive a letter and a commemorative coin. 

Born in the year 1858, Michael Fitzpatrick has witnessed a transformative era in agriculture throughout his remarkable life. Having relocated from Clare to a farm close to Maynooth as a participant in the 1940 Land Commission initiative, he has observed the world around him evolve, particularly in farming practices.

Now, at the age of 107, Mr. Fitzpatrick reflects on the advancements that have revolutionized agriculture, most notably the advent of various farming machinery, with the combine harvester standing out as a significant innovation.

Among the poignant memories of his long life, he vividly remembers the harrowing eviction he witnessed in Bodyke, County Clare, back in June 1887. The event remains etched in his memory as an act of stark cruelty, with women and children mercilessly expelled from their dwellings.

This particular segment aired on the ‘Newsbeat’ program on January 7, 1965, featuring the insights and recollections of Mr. Fitzpatrick, with Jim Norton serving as the correspondent.

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