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Bridie Breen pictured with her son, Myles Breen, holding the medal given to her by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

Bridie Breen received a medal from President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to commemorate her 102nd birthday

By I Love Limerick correspondent Cian Reinhardt

Bridie Breen celebrates her 102nd birthday
Bridie Breen celebrates her 102nd birthday with friends and family.

Born in 1921 in what is now the Chamber of Commerce building on O’Connell Street, Limerick, Bridie Breen celebrated her 102nd birthday.

Mother to Myles Breen, one of the city’s celebrated performers, her son speaks lovingly of his mother, Bridie, and her impact on his life and love for theatre. She had an active social life well into her 90s, but Myles says her love for theatre, music and dance in his early years is what helped his love for theatre and performing grow.

“When we were young, my mother was really into theatre, music and dancing so she dragged us along to everything, everything,” he emphasises, “made us do Irish dancing and piano.”

Her other son, John Breen, is also involved in the arts and is the writer of the well-known play Alone it Stands, the story of Munster’s legendary victory over the All Blacks in Thomond Park, Limerick. John is also known for his work ‘Charlie‘, a work on former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey.

The Limerick lady celebrated her birthday surrounded by friends and family, including her son, Myles.

Bridie was married to late publican Myles Breen Senior, of Myles Breen’s bar on Shannon Street, Limerick City, which was opened by the couple shortly after being married until selling the premises in 1986.

Myles thanked the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, for a medal and certificate Bridie Breen received marking her 102nd birthday, the second medal she received from Uachtarán na hÉireann.

On Twitter, he thanked the President, “for the medal marking Bridie Breen’s 102nd birthday! (Her second here’s to the third)”, and gave a “special thanks to all at Corbally House Nursing Home”.

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