“OK. You see, we did crash, but it was on this crazy island. And we waited for rescue, but there wasn’t any rescue. And then there was a smoke monster. And then there were other people on the island. We called them, the others. And they started attacking us. And we found some hatches and there was a button you had to push every 108 minutes or, well, I was never really clear on that. But, the others didn’t have anything to do with the hatches, that was the Dharma Initiative. They were all dead, the others killed them. And now they were trying to kill us. Then we teamed up with the others because some worse people were coming on a freighter. Desmond’s girlfriend’s father sent them to kill us. So we stole their helicopter and we flew it to their freighter, but it blew up. And we couldn’t go back to the island, because it disappeared. So then we crashed into the ocean, and we floated there for a while ’til a boat came and picked us up. And by then, there were 6 of us. That part was true. But the rest, but the rest of the people who were on the plane, they’re still on that island.”—
The Centenarian’s Bounty is a payment made by the President of Ireland to all senior citizens on their 100th birthday. The centenarian receives a letter of congratulations signed by the President and a cheque for €2,540.
The first President of Ireland, Douglas Hyde, introduced the Centenarian’s Bounty in 1940 when a gift of £5 was given. By 1996, the Bounty was equivalent to IR£300, however in 2000, on the initiative of President McAleese, this amount was increased to the current amount of €2,540. In a further gesture to senior citizens in the Millennium year, the President decided to mark the birthdays of those who reach over 100. Each centenarian, on his or her 101st and subsequent birthdays, receives a special commemorative coin in a presentation box. A new coin is designed each year.