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Monday 22 September 2014

Bidding a fond farewell to Jimmy

Published 12/06/2013 | 05:36

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Tim Ryan, Chairman East Kerry Board (fifth from left), making a special presentation to Jimmy O'Brien on his retirement with his daughter Siobhan and son Jim, Johnny Brosnan Vice Chairman and Pat Delaney East Kerry Board at Jimmy O'Brien's Pub, College Street, Killarney.
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LONG-term friends of publican Jimmy O'Brien gathered at his College Street premises on Sunday night to celebrate 52 years of service to the pub trade and to wish the popular character all the very best in retirement.

It was an intimate gathering and accompanied a presentation from the East Kerry GAA Board to mark the the 81-year-old's long term association with the O'Donoghue Cup as sponsor of the 'man of the match' award.

Fittingly, the extended GAA family and Sliabh Luachra traditions merged on the night and joining in the celebrations were former Kerry captain Ambrose O'Donovan, the Doyles from Gneeveguilla, the Randles, Wickhams and Herlihys from Killarney and long term friend Donal Hickey amongst others.

Of course, family members were there, including daughters Ann and Siobhan and son Jim, and as the singing extended into the summer evening Jimmy joined in with a song for one last night of celebration at the College Street institution before it changes hands.

Kerryman

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