BIRTHDAY DRINK Jim McManamon and his son Seamus enjoying an outdoor pint in Walsh’s of Newport.
There were joyous celebrations in Newport on Friday when Jim McManamon celebrated his 101st birthday. The Skirdagh man is a legendary figure in the area thanks to his positive take on life and the enjoyment he gets from interacting with people of all ages.
Jim and his late wife Mary (nee Mullarkey) raised eight children, Seán, Kevin, Maureen, Angela, Patsy, Seamus, Paraic and Noel with a great sense of community and fun. The next generations yielded 31 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren who have brightened the life of the mighty man from Skirdagh.
Jim and his family are renowned for their contributions to all aspects of society from top class sport to community activism and the spirit of hard-work and hospitality is very evident.
Birthday celebrations got underway early for Jim when he visited Walsh’s Pub in Newport during the week for an outdoor pint and a chat with family and friends and concluded with a small family get-together in his home on Saturday evening.
He had deferred that gathering until after the Mayo GAA ladies had played Cavan in Saturday’s All-Ireland Championship clash in Sligo, in order to allow his granddaughter Clodagh McManamon, captain the team to victory.
The man who is a renowned baker of home-made bread, likes nothing better than a game of ‘25 with family and friends and this was highlighted in a wonderful birthday cake made by Jim’s granddaughter Karen Kelly, which went down a treat with the birthday boy.