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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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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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