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Tributes paid as Killarney says goodbye to centenarian Mollie

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KILLARNEY is saying farewell this week to the last of a generation as popular Killarney lady and centenarian Mollie Breen passed away yesterday evening.

Mollie, of Countess Road, was over 103 years of age and would have marked her 104th birthday in August. She is survived by her nieces, nephews, grand nephews, grand nieces, great grand nephews, great grand nieces, other relatives, neighbours and many dear friends and the staff and residents at Killarney Nursing Home.

The removal will take place from O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Cathedral Place, Killarney, tomorrow, Thursday evening, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, to St Mary’s Cathedral, where Requiem Mass will take place at 10.30am on Friday. Burial will take place in Churchtown Cemetery, Beaufort.

Mollie never had any shortage of help when it came to blowing out the candles on her birthday cakes, most notably on Sunday, August 11, 2013, when a Mass and birthday party in The Dromhall Hotel were organised in honour of her landmark 100th birthday. Among those congratulating Mollie on that day was Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne. Meanwhile, staff and residents in Killarney Nursing Home threw another party for the popular Mollie that week.

A keen bridge player, Mollie will be missed by all her friends from the card-tables as well as members of Killarney Active Retirement Association. “Mollie had a very long and very enjoyable life,” her nephew John O’Sullivan said. “She had many friends and was a very outgoing woman who loved being out and about and seeing people being happy.”

Mollie (nee O’Sullivan) was born in Ballyledder, Beaufort, in 1913 and was one of seven children.

Mollie 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 and the other on Main Street. Mollie and Jerh retired in the early 1990s and the Main Street shop was run by John and Kathleen O’Shea until 2011.

Mollie and Jerh, who died in May 1993, were keen racegoers and Jerh 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.
 


 
Above: Mollie Breen photographed by her nephew, John O’Sullivan.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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