Village celebrates as Mrs Teresa Lynch reaches her centenary

There are very few people lucky enough to reach their 100th birthday and, in Blarney village, the centenary celebration of Mrs Teresa Lynch was a first. Teresa was born on July 2nd 1916 at 3 Muskerry Terrace, The Hill, Blarney to Cassie (nee Mahony) and Jeremiah Bradley. Shortly afterwards they moved to 3 Waterloo Road, where her sister Rita and her brother Joe were born. Teresa always said that she had a most wonderful childhood in the Waterloo Road with her family and her grandfather, who lived next door, and all the great neighbours in the Terrace. They were one big happy family, always helping one another out, with their doors always open to each other. Teresa attended the local national school on St Ann’s Road, then known as ‘The Colthurst National School’ where her teachers included Mrs Forrest and Mrs Linehan. On finishing school Teresa, like everyone else in Blarney, started working in the Mill, and for the next 9 years worked in the ‘Darning Room’. Like all the different sections in the mill their department was a close knit group and they all remained lifelong friends. In the 1930’s Teresa and her friends enjoyed their social life to the full with dances, concerts and plays in the T.A. Hall on the Station Road, and cycling to dances in Tower hall. Following the great and all conquering Blarney Hurling teams of the 1930’s, Teresa was also a very active lifelong member of the ICA. In 1940 Teresa married Denis Lynch from The Hill and they set up home in the newly constructed houses in the Groves, where she still resides with her daughter Ann and son in law Derry Ahern, and their family. Teresa and Denis had 8 children Bernard, Diam (Fr Dermot, O.F.M. Cap.), Joe, Mary, Kevin, Ann, Peter and Martin. Theresa also has 20 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, the youngest great grandchild being born this year, 100 years after Teresa was born. Teresa would attribute her long life to a healthy lifestyle with plenty of fresh air and a good balanced diet. Teresa is a non smoker and a teetotaller all of her life. As you can imagine, Teresa has lived through many changes in the world during her 100 years. When she was born, Ireland was still under British rule, the 1916 Rising had only finished, and the 1st World War was at its height. She lived through the War of Independence, the founding of the Irish Free State, The Civil War, the Roaring Twenties, the Economic Depression of the 1930’s, the 2nd World War, the sad 1950’s when so many emigrated, the great rise of the Irish Economy of the 60’s, the closure of the Mill in the 70’s, and has seen the expansion of Blarney from a small village to a satellite town of Cork. A birthday celebration in her honour was held on July 2nd 2016, with guests which included relatives from America and the U.K., old neighbours from the Groves, and friends and relations from the Blarney area.FullSizeRender_18