Milltown saddened at passing of popular publican

Breeda McCarthy of Larkin's Bar
Breeda McCarthy of Larkin's Bar

Stephen Fernane

The death of Breeda McCarthy (Larkin), formerly of Countess Road in Killarney, has left the Milltown community deeply saddened.

Breeda, who was widely known during her time running Larkin's Bar & Restaurant on Main Street with her husband Michael, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on Saturday last (July 28) at the Palliative Care Unit of UHK.

A large crowd turned out to pay their respects to Breeda on Monday morning. Rathmore PP, Fr Pat O'Donnell (who was formally PP of Milltown and a close friend of Breeda's) gave a touching homily before a packed church. Fr Pat said it was not Breeda's illness that challenged her most; it was her desire to continue to enjoy life in its fullness as she cherished and enjoyed life.

"Breeda faced the challenge head on, and with the courage sustained by faith, and the wonderful support of her family and friends," Fr Pat said.  "Breeda fervently believed in God and in her eternal destiny. Though sad at her passing we are, we pray that she rests peacefully in the arms of God."

Speaking about Breeda's time at Larkin's, Fr Pat said that even though she suffered from her illness in recent years, she would want those who knew her to picture her in full flow in Larkin's where she and husband Mike were a great team.  "She was a wonderful hostess and it was not only the excellent service, it was her motherly care for all those that entered into her establishment," Fr Pat concluded.

Breeda is survived by husband Michael, son, James, daughter, Catherina, and extended family.  Breeda's brother-in-law, Tim O'Sullivan, said she was considerate of everyone. "She was a good person, and she was able to carry on a busy life and a private life. She must have been over 35-years in Milltown where she ran a very successful business with Michael."