‘WHERE does the time go?’ was Frances Murphy’s response to family and friends when they gathered with her to celebrate her 100th birthday, recently at St Luke’s Home in Mahon in Cork city.
‘It has been my home for a while now, but my heart will always be in Turk Head,’ Frances told a large gathering of relatives who had travelled up from West Cork to mark the occasion of her birthday.
Frances was the youngest in a family of 14, born on July 1st 1919 in Ardagh, Turk Head to Patrick and Nora Cadogan and, like most of her generation, headed for Dublin and then London, before finally returning to Cork where she married Ted Murphy as they made Togher in Cork city their home.
Ted, who predeceased her, was a famous road bowler of his time and the couple made many friends, as their house was adjacent to the famous St Finbarr’s GAA club.
‘We’d spend the evenings gathering the sliotars from our garden but it was a great time. The Barrs were a good team,’ she recalled.
Frances has a family of two children June and Nigel, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many relatives and friends.
There was delight, too, in a letter that Frances received from President Michael D Higgins who sent his ‘warmest personal congratulations and most sincere good wishes’ along with the customary centenarian payment.
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