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Ireland's oldest man Paddy dies aged 106

Ireland's oldest man has died at the age of 106.

Paddy Gleeson, from Clare, was a lifelong teetotaler and bachelor, and received six presidential medals, for each birthday after he turned 100 on May 20, 2004.

He attributed his long life to hard work, abstaining from alcohol, the odd cigarette and “being nice to everyone.”

“The secret is this: I was nice to everyone and then everyone was nice to me,” he said earlier this year. He had been living independently at a residential wing of the hospital up until 2006.

A hospital spokeswoman said people at the care facility were very sad to see him go.

Mr Gleeson, from O'Callaghan's Mills, Co Clare, died peacefully at the Raheen Community Hospital on Saturday.

Funeral arrangements had yet to be finalised last night.

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