A HAPPY and clearly richly deserved to James Kelly, a columnist on the Irish News who has retired at the age of 100. He was crowned the world’s oldest columnist until calling it a day last month. You can read more about him here.
James must have picked up the ‘world’s oldest’ baton a couple of years ago following the death of Highgate’s Rose Hacker, the Camden New Journal columnist who was filing a fortnightly column at the age of 101. The former Suffragette left reporters and editors in awe when we took her to the local newspaper awards a few years back. It wasn’t a column about crotchet or cake-making, it was a sceptical, sometimes worried take on world politics rooted in decades of campaigning.
But with Rose sadly no longer with us and James in retirement, who is the world’s oldest columnist now? I’d love to know.