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Happy 103rd birthday, Molly!

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Molly Breen celebrating her 100th birthday. PICTURE: JOHN O'SULLIVAN, KILLARNEY PHOTOGRAPHIC

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POPULAR Killarney birthday girl Molly Breen always has plenty of help when it comes to blowing out the birthday candles and especially this year, as they number 103!

Family and friends are gathering at Killarney Nursing Home today to wish Molly well on her birthday. Molly, who formerly lived on Countess Road, is a keen bridge player, and will welcome many of her friends from the card-tables as well as members of Killarney Active Retirement Association, and relatives, including nieces, nephews and cousins.

We had to ask what most people will want to know – what is Molly's magic ingredient when it comes to enjoying such a wonderfully long life? “Molly always says the secret is hard work!” her niece Angela Dennehy told the Killarney Advertiser.

Molly (nee O’Sullivan) was born in Ballyledder, Beaufort, in 1913 and was one of seven children. Sadly, Molly’s last surviving sibling, her sister Nora Dennehy, 94, passed away in 2013, days before Molly became a centenarian. However, as Molly said, Nora was “there in spirit” at her 100th birthday Mass led by family friend Fr Paddy O’Donoghue, which also celebrated Nora’s life.

In her youth, Molly worked in Kennelly’s shop in Killorglin for several years. It was in Killorglin that she met her future husband, Jerh Breen, also from Beaufort.

The couple married in 1940 and together ran two jewellery shops in Killarney, with the first on Plunkett Street (then Henn Street) and the other on Main Street.

Molly and Jerh, who retired in the early 1990s, were keen racegoers. “Molly has a passion for the races and would always dress up for these events,” said Angela.

Jerh, who died in May 1993, would have been a familiar sight to many as the Killarney racecourse where he used to erect the clock for many years during the race meets.
 


 
Pictured above: Molly Breen. PICTURE: JOHN O’SULLIVAN, KILLARNEY PHOTOGRAPHIC

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Life-long supporter to be honoured

By Michelle Crean There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter. Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm. “We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter.

Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm.

“We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed Quad, sponsored by the Cahernane House Hotel, after Kathleen Murphy, a dedicated supporter of our club,” Shona O’Sullivan from the club, who is also Kathleen’s granddaughter, said.

“Kathleen is always supportive of our club fundraisers and has been selling the Muckross Lotto tickets since day one. Every year Kathleen’s enthusiasm and love for the club is especially shown from the shore at Killarney Regatta, as she is all decked out in the yellow of Muckross.”

She added that Kathleen’s family are also very active members of the club and she enjoys listening to their stories from the boathouse and regattas.

“We hope to see you all there to honour and thank Kathleen, a life-long supporter of our club.”

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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