“Stay away from the salt and the sweet things and enjoy a wee glass of whiskey every day.”
That is the sage advice from 100-year-old Johnny Gallagher who recently celebrated his milestone birthday with a huge party in the British Legion clubrooms in Ballymoney.
The former Air Force man and breadman was surrounded by friends and family - some of whom have made the journey home from Australia to celebrate with this remarkable man.
Born on October 21st, 1914, in Hamilton Place in Portrush, Johnny was the son of Edward and Margaret Gallagher.
Educated in the Kelly Memorial Hall in Victoria Street in Portrush, Johnny had two brothers James and Tommy.
He lived in Portrush for 22 years and was a mechanic in a garage in Eglinton Lane.
Having lived for the last 30 years in Ballymoney in the Park View area, Johnny only recently moved into Brookmount Nursing Home in Coleraine.
So, here’s an exclusive video of Johnny raising a glass at his party in Ballymoney along with his three children - including Jackie and his wife Gay who made the trip from Perth in Australia for the occasion - grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.