A Roscommon native who is Ireland's second-oldest man recently celebrated his 107th birthday at the same church where he was baptized five years before the creation of the Irish State. 

Michael Coyne, a bachelor from Castlerea, in County Roscommon, celebrated the landmark birthday on Sunday, January 14. 

Michael, who lives in Boyle, celebrated his recent birthday by returning to his native Castlerea for mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart - the same church he was baptized in 107 years ago. 

He then enjoyed lunch and a well-earned pint of Guinness in Hester's Golden Eagle Bar and Restaurant in Castlerea, in stark contrast to last year when his 106th birthday celebrations went on for two days. 

Michael remains incredibly fit for his age, going to mass every weekend and every second day. Remarkably, he also continued driving until he was 98 years of age. 

His nephew Neil McGarry, who is Michael's carer, told GalwayBeo that he often struggles to keep up with his elderly uncle and added that Michael often joins the family for dinner at local restaurants. 

Meanwhile, his godson Austin Waldron told the Irish Times last year that he believes the secret to Michael's long life is the fact that he's a bachelor. 

"He is a very fit man and … never smoked and he always worked hard. But I think his secret is that he’s a bachelor," Waldron told the Irish Times. 

The Roscommon Herald reports that Michael is a staunch Fianna Fáil supporter and still carries his party membership card in his wallet. He also carried his driving license, which was valid until 2018. 

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins has kept in regular contact with Michael since the Roscommon native turned 100 in 2017, according to the Roscommon Herald.